Steroid Cop Quizzes Lance Armstrong's Ex-Teammates

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08/10/2010| 0 comments
by AP

Steroid Cop Quizzes Lance Armstrong's Ex-Teammates

He's been called high-minded, a trailblazing lawman and America's top steroid cop. Federal agent Novitzky is becoming big name in pro cycling.

agents in the BALCO case who accompanied him in a raid on the home of Bonds' personal trainer were investigated and cleared of any wrongdoing after $600 turned up missing following the seizure of $63,920 in cash from a safe and a drawer.

Novitzky also denied reports at the time that he was planning to write a book about the BALCO case. According to the IRS report that exonerated Novitzky on that matter as well, he told investigators any talk about a book deal "could have been a misconstrued comment that was made as a joke and overheard incorrectly by others."

Conte wound up pleading guilty to two of the 42 charges against him before trial and served four months in a minimum-security prison.

In a recent interview, Conte repeated an earlier claim "that yes, athletes cheat to win, but the government agents and prosecutors cheat to win, too." He also questioned whether the results in such cases justified the effort.

"In the economic climate we're in," Conte added, "knowing about corporate fraud, environmental fraud, health case fraud, my opinion is taxpayers are more concerned about putting a roof over their head, food in their mouth and having health care than they are about spending tens of millions of dollars on a series of trophy-hunting experiences by Jeff Novitzky."

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart said those who make their living trying to game the system will never understand.

"Without Jeff and the many other dedicated law enforcement agents out there enforcing these important federal laws, the promise of sport fails our kids," he said.

A moment later, he added, "Our sports are the fabric of our American way of life. They teach us all that dedication, character, hard work, playing fair can lead to fulfillment and accomplishment. ... We do not tolerate this type of corruption and fraud in business, academia or other important institutions. Why should we accept it in sports?

"The answer is clear we should not," Tygart said.

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