Newport Beach Attorney for Lance Armstrong Accuser: 'Confession Brings Day of Vindication'
Armstrong, Armstrong's reps and others who claimed to be in the know strongly denied admitted doper Hamilton's televised claims in May 2011 that he and his more famous teammate used banned substances. Last year, Armstrong did not appeal when all his race results since August 1998 were disqualified because he allegedly used and distributed these substances. But Armstrong did not cop to doping until an interview in Austin, Texas, this week with Winfrey, who plans to air it was a two-part special on her OWN cable network Thursday and Friday nights.
Manderson says he has not heard from Hamilton since news of the Armstrong confession broke, although the lawyer has noticed an uptick in media requests for interviews with his client, who now trains other cyclists in Colorado.
The partner at Newport Beach's Manderson Schafer & McKinlay firm has represented Hamilton since 2009, when he helped the Olympic gold medal winner negotiate an eight-year suspension with the United States Anti-Doping Agency after the cyclist tested positive for doping. Hamilton immediately retired from the sport and, as Manderson put it, wanted to "ride into the sunset." But after Floyd Landis testified in May 2010 that he and other cyclists, including Armstrong, juiced, federal prosecutors eventually showed up at Hamilton's doorstep.
So did producers from 60 Minutes, and after Manderson first tried to dissuade Hamilton from granting an interview, both ultimately decided going on national television could get them "in front of the story." After the damning interview aired, Manderson and Hamilton prepared for bitter denials. By then, the cyclist had already given back his Olympic gold medal. The International Olympic Committee went on to strip Hamilton of his win.
Tyler Hamilton, Cyclist and Lance Armstrong Doping Accuser, Guided by Newport Beach Attorney
But Hamilton also suggested a UCI coverup of Armstrong's doping in the 60 Minutes interview and his book The Secret Race. Given Armstrong's new confession, Manderson suspects McQuaid's denials may be ringing as true as the Livestrong founder's once-vehement claims he never doped.
"Whether Armstrong's atonement is sincere or calculated is debatable, and the public may not accept an apology after all the lies and attacks on others," the lawyer said. "But the New York Times reported today that Armstrong will provide evidence against UCI chief Pat McQuaid and former chief Hein Verbruggen. If that's the case, the sharks have begun to feed on each other, and the public will finally learn just how deep the corruption ran in the sport."
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