Lance Armstrong’s latest lawsuit, which sought to block the United States Anti-Doping Agency from punishing him for doping violations, was struck down by a federal judge in Austin, Texas.
Sam Sparks, of United States District Court, chastised Armstrong’s lawyers for submitting a lengthy complaint filled with allegations that “were totally irrelevant to Armstrong’s claims.”
Sparks said in his order that the court was left to presume that the allegations “were included solely to increase media coverage of this case, and to incite public opinion against” the antidoping agency and Travis Tygart, the agency’s chief executive, who is also named as a defendant.
“This court is not inclined to indulge Armstrong’s desire for publicity, self-aggrandizement or vilification of Defendants, by sifting through 80 mostly unnecessary pages in search of the few kernels of factual material relevant to his claims,” Sparks said.
The judge added that Armstrong could refile his case within 20 days, but only if he limited his pleadings to information that was legally relevant to his case.
The lawsuit claimed that the antidoping agency violated Armstrong’s constitutional rights to due process and asked the court to stop the agency from moving forward with its case against him. The suit said the antidoping agency and Tygart were out to prosecute a “big fish” so the agency could justify its existence.
“Defendants have presented Mr. Armstrong with an impossible and unlawful choice: either accept a lifetime ban and the loss of his competitive achievements, or endure a rigged process where he would be certain to lose and suffer the same outcome,” the filing said.
Armstrong, who lives in Austin and retired from cycling last year, was charged last month with doping violations and with playing a key role in a doping conspiracy while on the United States Postal Service and Discovery Channel teams. He faces a lifetime ban from Olympic sports, the loss of his Tour titles and the forfeiture of the money and awards he won.