Lance Armstrong and Tyler Hamilton (above).

Was there some sort of altercation between the God of clean cycling, Lance Armstrong, and former teammate and now, witness for the prosecution, Tyler Hamilton in a fancy Colorado establishment over the weekend?

Sounds like maybe he did to those rascals at the FBI.

Federal investigators have requested surveillance video from an Aspen restaurant, presumably to determine if a weekend confrontation between Lance Armstrong and his former teammate Tyler Hamilton violated witness-tampering laws.

Jodi Larner, co-owner of Cache Cache, said an FBI agent who contacted her on Monday told her she would receive a subpoena for the video. She said she will comply.

A little more…

As the Daily News reported Monday night, Hamilton‘s attorney, Chris Manderson, said he had notified federal authorities on Monday about Hamilton’s awkward reunion with Armstrong. Manderson said the run-in may have constituted witness tampering.

“I’m glad that the FBI is investigating this and moving to preserve evidence,” Manderson said. “I hope the FBI will interview Jodi Larner and other witnesses under penalty of perjury to force them to tell the truth.”

Hamilton testified last year before a federal grand jury in Los Angeles investigating Armstrong and other cyclists accused of using performance-enhancing drugs. Hamilton accused the seven-time Tour de France winner of using banned substances during a May 22 interview with “60 Minutes.” Hamilton also acknowledged his own drug use on the show.

Hamilton, in Aspen for an event sponsored by Outside magazine, joined about a dozen people for dinner on at Cache Cache Saturday evening. Manderson said the Olympic gold medalist was pushing his way through the crowded bar area when Armstrong, who was sitting at the bar with friends, blocked his path.

According to Manderson, Armstrong was very confrontational with his former U.S. Postal Service teammate. Armstrong accused Hamilton of accepting money from CBS for the “60 Minutes” interview and threatened to make his life a “living hell.”

Outside editor Abe Streep, who ran into Hamilton shortly after the incident, wrote on his blog that the cyclist seemed visibly shaken by the run-in.

We like that line best that goes, “under penalty of perjury…”   So Lance Armstrong is a bully?  Do wonders never cease?

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Federal prosecutors, having just witnessed the pratfalls of a haphazard prosecution in the very public Barry Bonds perjury trial, are trying to avoid egg on their faces again.  The next big fish, “squeaky clean” Lance Armstrong, amid “new” allegations that he took EPO in front of a teammate, and that they “all did it together”, this time coming from a different cyclist, had the opportunity to rebutt former teammate Tyler Hamilton on CBS’ 60 Minutes Sunday, but can’t come to terms on the interview’s terms with 60 Minutes producer and CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager.  How surprising!  Apparently 60 Minutes, a program with journalistic integrity, is unwilling to let slippery Lance pre-approve what questions can be asked, though Lance, as always, has it spun as though he is virtually being scumbagged by the man. 

Lance Armstrong and 60 Minutes are on a collision course, with the cycling champion accusing the CBS program of unfair tactics in an upcoming broadcast about allegations of illegal doping by Armstrong.

The show has “basically reneged” on promises made to him, Armstrong told me Thursday night, and “everyone would be frustrated” by such treatment. He said of the producer on the story, “I would not call him a straight shooter… My version of events has never changed on this, and won’t.”

CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager, who is also executive producer of 60 Minutes, dismissed the complaints. “We have been so thorough and fair to Lance Armstrong,” Fager said, adding: “We have shared with them every single allegation in our story… This is a PR game. Our reporters have done a first-class job.”

Negotiations over whether Armstrong would grant an interview for Sunday’s program broke down this week amid accusations of bad faith.

So what exactly would be unfair to Lance about answering a bunch of questions in an interview in which he gets to set whatever record straight that seems to be dogging him, you know, the doping allegation of the day?  The dalliance with 60 Minutes is just a smokescreen, because Lance is not about to do any television interviews at all, since investigators will be waiting to hear his answers so they can use them against him after they indict him.  Since he’s not been under oath, Lance has been free to lie without consequences for all these years.

Those days are ending.  The Feds have gotten mad thorough, and they’ve got some evidence and are off internationally gathering some more, and the evidence will surely contradict Lance’s lies.  What of the Tyler Hamilton EPO accusations and this probe going international? 

Tyler Hamilton, a former teammate of Lance Armstrong, told ”60 Minutes” that he used performance-enhancing drugs with the seven-time Tour de France winner to cheat in cycling races, including the tour.

Hamilton said Armstrong took a blood-booster called EPO in the 1999 tour and before the race in 2000 and 2001. Armstrong won the race every year from 1999-2005.

The interview with Hamilton was broadcast on the ”CBS Evening News” on Thursday.

”I saw (EPO) in his refrigerator. … I saw him inject it more than one time,” Hamilton said, ”like we all did. Like I did, many, many times.”

Hamilton told ”60 Minutes” reporter Scott Pelley: ”(Armstrong) took what we all took … the majority of the peloton,” referring to riders in the race. ”There was EPO … testosterone … a blood transfusion.”

EPO is a drug that boosts endurance by increasing the number of red blood cells in the body.

 EPO has also been found to spike trace levels of HGH.  More:

Recently, American investigators reached out to their colleagues in France with an evidence request that specifically targets U.S. Postal and mentions Armstrong by name, according to those who have seen it.

The Americans requested urine samples that were taken from U.S. Postal riders for anti-doping controls and were subsequently frozen and stored by France’s anti-doping agency. The requested samples included those from the 1999 tour.

French authorities also have been asked to interview and take witness statements from people there who were connected to U.S. Postal or who worked in French anti-doping while Armstrong dominated cycling’s glamour race.

We’re sure Bonds is happy that his case came up first.  Clemens is up next, and then Lance, the really big fish will get his day in court.  In the meantime, he’s taken to smear campaigns against 60 Minutes, tweeting and starting websites about his innocence.

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Muscle bound Junior Seau and girlfriend (above).

Former 12 time pro bowl selection Junior Seau, who was still playing in a starting role last year at one of the NFL’s most intensely violent positions, at the ripe old age of 40, was arrested in San Diego for alleged domestic abuse on his 25 year old fitness freak girlfriend, and then drove his car off a cliff upon his release.  Accidentally, of course.

Seau…told police at the hospital that the one-car crash happened when he became sleepy.The story about one of San Diego’s most popular athletes lit up the Internet and led to speculation he may have tried to commit suicide.

Seau’s ex-wife, Gina Seau, said those reports were false. She made her comments soon after she and the couple’s three children visited him in the hospital. She repeatedly said the crash and arrest were not related.

“He would never try to harm himself or anyone else,” Gina Seau said. “He’s fine. He’s emotionally upset. No, he’s not even emotionally upset. He’s going to get through this, and he’s going to move on.”

How about that ex-wife going to bat like that for Seau?  She needs to keep that gravy train rolling.  He’s not even emotionally upset, le’s make it, on second thought.  But, how can you say reports of battery are false with such self-assurance?

You can’t. 

Morning drive guys here conjectured on these unfortunate circumstances, and debated the question of whether steroids played any role.  How dare they!  Hogwash, right?  I mean, Brian Cushing himself called us to tell us Junior’s clean.  Those Muscle and Fitness layout guys really stick together.

Now let’s be real.  Who really thinks that Seau is all natural?  That giant head and Mr. Olympia body, into his 40’s?  What Patriot elderly defender didn’t juice?  Rodney Harrison?  Whose mailman always brings juice–the FBI would beg to differ.  Ted Johnson?  Well, he actually admitted it, and said that New England’s steroid culture was pervasive.  Teddy Bruschi?  No way!  He stroked out those times, for sure, but Alberto Contador dropped us a line to say food contamination issues were at play.

Was Seau drunk or high when he slapped his girlfriend around, allegedly?  He could’ve been.  How about 9 hours later, when he was released?  Very doubtful.  But as to the steroid question, Seau would probably be ahead of the testing curve, on the best shit money can buy. 

Habituated steroid users may still be prone to mood swings, even when they aren’t on a cycle.  Natural body-builders?  Who pose in major publications?  That’s an oxymoron.

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Spaniard Alberto Contador (above).

Food contamination?  We called it a fantasy last week, and it would seem we were justified in doing so.  Today the AP reported that 3 time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador had very high levels of plastic residue in a urine sample, which suggests he was transfusing clean urine into his system to beat drug tests.

ASSOCIATED PRESS — A urine sample taken from three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador showed abnormally high levels of plastic residues that could indicate he received a transfusion of his own blood during this year’s race, a person with knowledge of the test results told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Contador, who has previously denied receiving a transfusion, was provisionally suspended by the international cycling federation last week after a small amount of the banned drug clenbuterol was discovered in one of his samples by a laboratory in Cologne, Germany. The Spanish rider blamed contaminated beef for the result.

In a separate sample taken a day earlier, the Cologne lab also found plastic traces that might turn up after a transfusion of blood from a plastic bag, according to the person, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because Contador’s investigation by the UCI is ongoing.

Contador’s abnormal sample showed eight times the normal amount of the plasticizer, the person said.

Of course.  Not surprised in the least over here.  Especially in light of our good friend Dr. J’s comment on a Lance Armstrong entry from months back, in regard to Armstrong refusing to submit to a test at the direct behest of the test’s administrator, which technically constitutes a failed test:

Dr. J Says:
March 28, 2010 at 1:14 am I think the “20 minute shower” was the time it took for him to urinate, insert a catheter into his urethra, and fill his bladder with a clean sample.

We are sticking by our assertion that Contador will be stripped of most, if not all of his hardware, by the time investigators are through with him.  And we hope the same is true for Lance, and a 9′ by 12′ jail cell to boot.

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Defending Tour de France Champion Alberto Contador (above).

While 3 time Tour De France Champion and reigning defending champion Alberto Contador clings to a “food contamination” fantasy excuse for flunking a random drug test for the banned substance Clenbuterol late in this past summer’s Tour de France, the facts are these: Contador tested positive for Clenbuterol the day before the Tour’s all important mountain stage, and faces a possible two year ban and forfeiture of his 2010 Tour de France title.

Alberto Contador, a three-time winner of the Tour de France, tested positive for a banned substance on the final rest day of the Tour in July, according to a statement sent Wednesday by his spokesman, Jacinto Vidarte.

Contador, a Spaniard formerly on the Astana team, could lose the title he won this year and face a two-year suspension.

He learned about the positive test for the banned drug clenbuterol, a weight-loss and muscle-building drug, on Aug. 24, nearly a month after winning the Tour, the statement said. He had tested positive for the substance on July 21, one day before the race’s decisive mountain stage.

Since Clenbuterol, or “Clen”, as it is referred to in short, is used for agricultural purposes–as a steroid fed to livestock to ensure leanness, Contador may feel he has a winning explanation for his positive test result.  But Clenbuterol is much more widely used in athletic circles, because it has been the long established drug of choice for athletes and celebrities looking to burn fat.  Clenbuterol is also used by humans as a bronchial dilator.

While Contador has known of his positive test result for over a month, his team chose today to inform the media.  Contador, dogged by steroid allegations that date back to prior to the Tour de France in 2006, is preparing to fight the dirty fight, and cling to denial and ignorance in order to keep his 2010 TDF championship, the scientific community remains unfooled.  Before it’s all said and done, Contador may have to look hard at other excuses, as the scientific community comes with allegations from all corners.

Take a look at the following snippet, and note the date:

July 31, 2007 – 6:57AM
A leading German expert in the fight against doping claimed on Monday to have evidence indicating that Tour de France winner Alberto Contador had used drugs.

Twenty-four hours after the Spaniard donned the winner’s yellow jersey on the Champs Elysees, the expert, Werner Franke, described the 24-year-old’s victory as “the greatest swindle in sporting history”.

Franke bases his claim on documents he says are in his possession from the Spanish police’s Operation Puerto inquiry into Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor said to have masterminded doping programs for athletes.

“The name of this Mr Contador appears on several occasions on the court and police documents,” Franke told German television station ZDF.

“All of this has been simply concealed and hidden under the carpet whilst the name Contador was erased from the list of suspicious riders,” added Franke.

He says he has a detailed list of banned products used by Contador which appear in sworn statements following the raid on Fuentes’ medical practice.

“He took insulin, HMG-Lepori, a hormone to stimulate the secretion of testosterone and also a product for asthma called TGN – in brief I have before my eyes a protocol for doping,” he told ZDF.

“All of this has been covered up, at least in Spain,” added Franke.,0.jpg&imgrefurl=

So German expert Werner Franke has a “detailed list of banned substances used by Contador”?  No way, right?  I mean, how much chicken is this guy Contador eating?  Speaking of practiced liars, Lance Armstrong supporter Stephanie McIlvain testified last week for over 7 hours in one day to the grand jury convened in the Lance Armstrong probe.  Usually, the prosecution would subject a witness to never ending testimony in the hopes of catching that witness in a lie.

McIlvain was kept on the stand for 4 plus hours longer than was Barry Bonds during BALCO grand jury testimony in San Francisco once upon a time.

The above article is a good one, and echoes this page’s sentiments.  We also think that Armstrong’s conspirators will not hold up so well with perjury charges and real jail time hanging in the balance.  McIlvain, if you will remember, has contradicted the story of Frank and Betsey Andreu, who claimed to be in Armstrong’s hospital room in 1996 when Lance was being diagnosed with cancer.

The Andreu’s say that they were prepared to leave the room when doctors came in to question Armstrong, but that Armstrong insisted they stay.  The Andreus claim that Armstrong was asked by doctors whether he had used PED’s while in their presence, and that Armstrong replied in the affirmative.

And we believe them.

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Lance Armstrong (L.) cycling with Frankie Andreu (above).

Frankie and Betsy Andreu, the former a one-time teammate of cyclist Lance Armstrong, the latter, his wife, have been contacted by the F.D.A.’s resident expert when it comes to investigating the use of performance enhancing drugs, criminal investigator Jeff Novitsky, and plan on cooperating fully with his investigation into doping on Armstrong’s cycling teams, according to the New York Daily News

The Andreu’s were in Armstrong’s Indiana hospital room visiting the cycling star in 1996, when Armstrong was being treated for cancer.  When dr’s came in to question Armstrong about his drug history, the Andreu’s got up to leave but were told to stay by Armstrong.  It was then that they heard Armstrong admit to the use of performance enhancing drugs to cancer dr’s–which they have since testified to under oath.

Novitzky has now reached out to the Andreus, who, after being subpoenaed in a 2005 arbitration dispute over victory bonuses, testified that they heard Armstrong confess in a hospital in 1996 to using performance-enhancing drugs. Betsy Andreu confirmed that she and her husband had spoken to Novitzky, but said they have not been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles that is meeting in secrecy under the direction of assistant U.S. Attorney Doug Miller.

“Novitzky has been nothing but respectful and fair to us,” Andreu told the Daily News. “We will definitely cooperate, telling the truth.”

Armstrong has vigorously denied doping and has hired a powerful legal team to protect himself from the investigation. His attorneys have called the government’s probe a waste of taxpayer money, and have attacked the credibility of a number of Armstrong’s accusers.

The news of Novitzky’s contact with the Andreu household was first disclosed by the Los Angeles Times, which reported that Novitzky had also tried and failed to interview Stephanie McIlvain, a friend of Armstrong’s and a representative of the Oakley eyeware company. McIlvain testified in the 2005 arbitration dispute between Armstrong and a Texas company called SCA promotions (she said she did not recall the 1996 hospital confession the Andreus spoke of).

McIlvain left a number of phone messages for Andreu in recent years, and now Andreu says the government has possession of them.

McIlvain, who worked for Armstrong sponsor Oakley at the time of her perjury, um, I mean testimony, seems perfectly happy to continue lying and obstructing justice for Armstrong.

I wonder how much it cost Lance to buy that type of loyalty.

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Roger Clemens before a federal grand jury in 2008 (above).

Roger Clemens may soon be exchanging his fancy liar clothes for a nice prison jumper, as today the federal government read a 19 page indictment against the disgraced power pitcher which included 6 separate charges of perjury, obstruction, and making false statements to investigators.

Each charge carries a maximum of 5 years in federal prison.

According to the United States attorney’s office, Clemens faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine, but under the current sentencing guidelines, a conviction would likely bring 15-21 months.Clemens’s allegedly false testimony came in a public hearing in which Clemens and his former trainer Brian McNamee, testifying under oath, directly contradicted each other about whether Clemens had used the banned substances.

“Americans have a right to expect that witnesses who testify under oath before Congress will tell the truth,” United States Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. said in a statement announcing the indictment. “Our government cannot function if witnesses are not held accountable for false statements made before Congress. Today the message is clear: if a witness makes a choice to ignore his or her obligation to testify honestly, there will be consequences.”

The authorities will not seek to arrest Clemens. According to a spokesman for the United States attorney’s office, Clemens will be asked to appear at arraignment through a judicial summons. The spokesman said that a date had not been set for the arraignment although it could be set later today. The congressional hearing at the heart of the indictment came just two months after McNamee first tied Clemens to the use of the substances in George J. Mitchell’s report on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. After Mitchell released the report, Clemens claimed McNamee made up the allegations.

From the New York Daily News:

Clemens was one of the greatest pitchers of all time and once a certain first-ballot lock for the Hall of Fame, and a trial is sure to become a huge spectacle, all but assuring that a long train of witnesses will be summoned to testify, including Pettitte, who has verified McNamee’s claims about Pettite’s use of HGH. Other teammates and club officials could also be called to the stand.

Clemens also told Congress during the hearing that McNamee had injected his wife, Debbie, with human growth hormone, but that he had not been present when the trainer shot her up in the belly button. McNamee, as the Daily News first reported, told investigators that Clemens had summoned him from the guest house he was staying in at Clemens’ home to administer the injection. McNamee also said he saw vials of HGH in a shaving kit in Clemens’ bathroom as he prepared to give Debbie Clemens the HGH. McNamee believed the HGH had been sent to Clemens’ home by Radomski, who later provided prosecutors with shipping receipts for a package to Clemens’ address.

To secure the indictment, Butler presented the grand jury with what one source close to the case called “overwhelming” evidence that McNamee’s claims were true.

Even before the Feb. 13 congressional hearing began, then committee chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said Clemens had made statements that were had said things that were “untrue” and “implausible.”

Thursday, then Tom Davis, the panel’s ranking Republican, told the Daily News that he and Waxman had been approached by federal investigators asking about materiality of Clemens’ statements to the committee.

“I remember sitting in my office with him and saying, ‘Whatever you do, don’t lie.’ We made it clear, don’t lie.” The Justice Department initiated its Clemens perjury investigation two weeks after the February 2008 hearing, where Clemens licked his lips nervously as he was confronted with evidence and testimony that undermined his claims.

Even a sentence of less than 2 years in federal prison and a $ 1.5 M fine would be devestating punishments for Clemens, once revered, for whom prison will be especially humbling, and who, we hear, is struggling financially due to court costs and legal fees.

Of course, Clemens could have saved himself all the trouble by taking Tom Davis’ advice and telling the truth, but the Rocket would rather try to make everyone else into the liar, including McNamee, who luckily kept DNA evidence on Clemens, who obviously isn’t trustworthy.

And none of this bodes well for Clemens in civil court either, where McNamee should seek a substantial payday against the once exalted player who began a sexual relationship with country singer Mindy McCready when she was only 15 years old.

Wonder what Lance Armstrong thought of Clemens’ indictment?

Don’t lie under oath.

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