Lance Armstrong recently met with the head of the US Anti-Doping Agency to explore a “pathway to redemption,” according to a report Wednesday night on US television programme “60 Minutes Sports” dealing with the investigation that cost the cyclist his Tour de France titles.
USADA CEO Travis Tygart, in an interview that aired Wednesday, didn’t discuss the meeting on camera and provided no details, including when it was held and where. The only mention, with no elaboration, came at the end of the segment.
The New York Times reported last week that Armstrong and Tygart had been meeting about a possible confession. Armstrong’s attorney, Tim Herman, denied the meetings had taken place.
During the show, Tygart detailed his mission to investigate Armstrong, calling the cyclist’s refusal to help in the probe “one of the lowest days of this investigation, quite honestly.”
“We were disappointed he didn’t come in and be part of the solution,” Tygart said.
In the interview, Tygart said a representative of Armstrong’s approached USADA in 2004 with an offer of a donation of more than $150,000.
Asked if it felt like he was being bought off, Tygart responded: “It was a clear conflict of interest for USADA and we had no
hesitation in rejecting that offer.”
Tygart also said he had been subject to numerous death threats from anonymous emails and letters.
“The worst was probably puttin’ a bullet in my head,” Tygart said when asked to recall specific details of the letter.
He said the threatening letters were turned over to the FBI.