Lawyers for disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong said on Tuesday he should be able to keep the sponsorship money he got from the U.S. Postal Service during his record-breaking victories, despite his admission to using performance-enhancing drugs.
In papers filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, Armstrong’s lawyers said the Postal Service benefited from the sponsorship and they asked a judge to dismiss the federal government’s fraud lawsuit demanding its money back.
“The government wanted a winner and all the publicity, exposure and acclaim that goes along with being his sponsor. It got exactly what it bargained for,” the lawyers wrote. The Postal Service is an arm of the federal government.