Lance Armstrong, the disgraced cyclist who has been accused of doping, allegedly tried to make a $250,000 donation to the United States Anti-Doping Agency while he was being investigated by the organization.
Travis Tygart, the agency’s chief executive officer said on “60 Minutes Sports,” which debuted on Showtime on Wednesday, that he was “stunned.”
“It was a clear conflict of interest for USADA,” Tygart said. “We had no hesitation in rejecting that offer.”
In 2004, Armstrong gave the International Cycling Union, the regulatory agency for the sport, a $100,000 gift that Tygart called “totally inappropriate.”
Armstrong may publicly confess to having used performance-enhancing drugs. He will give an interview with Oprah Winfrey that will air on January 17.
Advisers to Armstrong have said Armstrong would only confess to having doped if he is given immunity from potential perjury prosecutions. Armstrong has stated under oath, in testimony, that he had not doped.