Oh, how the mighty have fallen

FILE - In this May 11, 2012,  file photo, cycling legend and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong attends a rally at a news conference at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles in favor of Proposition 29, a measure on the June 2012 California primary election ballot that would add a $1-per-pack tax on cigarettes. The federal government wants to see Lance Armstrong's medical records from his treatments for cancer. Court records show that government lawyers on July 30 subpoenaed the Indiana University School of Medicine to provide records of Armstrong's treatments and donations he later made to the school. The federal government has sued Armstrong to recover millions of dollars in sponsorship money the U.S. Postal Service paid to his teams. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

Lance Armstrong lost a bid to halt a $100 million lawsuit against him.

The story:

The disgraced Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong could be sued for $100 million by the US government after federal judges dismissed his request to throw the case out.

Floyd Landis, a former teammate, started action against the shamed cyclist after asserting he made false claims while receiving tens of millions of dollars from the United States Postal Service.

And in 2013, Justice Department officials jumped in on the case – claiming Armstrong defrauded the government by accepting sponsorship money from the service while taking performance enhancing drugs.

Just another hit:

Armstrong has also taken huge hits financially, losing all his major sponsors and being forced to pay more than $10 million in damages and settlements in a series of lawsuits.

Armstrong’s claim:

Armstrong claims he and the team don’t owe the Postal Service anything because the agency made far more off the sponsorship than it paid. Armstrong’s lawyers have introduced internal studies for the agency that calculated benefits in media exposure topping $100 million.

U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper:

“Giving Armstrong ‘credit’ for the benefits he delivered while using (performance-enhancing drugs) could be viewed as an unjust reward for having successfully concealed his doping for so long,” Cooper wrote. “(But) disregarding any benefits USPS received from the sponsorship could bestow the government with an undeserved windfall. The same could be said of Landis, whose role in this entire affair some would view as less than pure.”

What do you think? Has there ever been a bigger fall from grace in sports history?

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