Target of ANOTHER
2/6/2013 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lance Armstrong is reportedly the target of a RENEWED federal criminal investigation connected to his rampant drug use during his cycling career ... and could face serious time in the slammer if convicted.
Just weeks after Armstrong fessed up to cheating his ass off on his way to 7 Tour de France titles, ABC News is reporting that feds are actively investigating Armstrong for obstruction, intimidation, and witness tampering.
If Lance is ultimately prosecuted -- and convicted -- a judge could sentence him to federal prison.
Multiple riders -- and other people close to Lance -- have publicly accused Armstrong of threatening them into silence over the years ... but nobody really listened until Lance went to Oprah and copped to being a jerk.
According to the report, investigators are not concerned with Armstrong's drug use so much as they are with Armstrong allegedly threatening and interfering with witnesses who could have testified against him.
It ain't the first time Lance has been investigated by the feds -- Lance was under the microscope from 2010 to 2012 following allegations of drug distribution, fraud and conspiracy -- but the investigation was dropped.
This time, Lance might not get off so easy ...
Titles Stripped at Museums
2/3/2013 2:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lance Armstrong is a dirty cheater ... is what two museum displays -- originally intended to honor Lance -- will now tell the world ... TMZ has learned.
A rep from Madame Tussauds Hollywood tells TMZ despite Lance's confession he was a big-time doper, his wax statue will remain on display -- but they're rewording his caption to remove any reference to "7 world titles."
We're told the new display will definitely address the scandal that's destroyed Lance's legacy.
And there's more bad news for Lance in San Fran where the Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf has already changed his nameplate. It now reads "Disqualified 7 Time Winner of le Tour de France."
In Hyped-Up Lance Armstrong Interview
1/22/2013 5:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Sheryl Crow TOTALLY WUSSED OUT during her big highly-anticipated sit-down interview about the Lance Armstrong scandal ... because she didn't answer a single meaningful question.
Crow sat for the interview with Entertainment Tonight in order to address rumors she knew about Lance's illicit use of performance-enhancing drugs for years -- but the problem ... she didn't address anything.
Sheryl gave non-committal answers the whole time, saying she only caught "bits and pieces" of Lance's interview with Oprah -- yeah right -- and then made general comments about Lance's confession, like, "The truth shall set you free."
But when it came to the one question everyone wanted to know the answer to -- whether she kept Lance's doping a secret for all these years -- Sheryl told ET she did not want to comment, saying the story was about Lance ... not her.
Cluck. Cluck. Cluck.
My Lips Are SEALED
on Lance Armstrong Drama
1/22/2013 8:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Sheryl Crow has made it clear ... she ain't sayin' SQUAT about Lance Armstrong ... even though it's likely she knows all sorts of KEY INFO about her ex-fiance's cheatin' ways.
Sheryl went out in Hollywood last night -- dining out at Craig's -- but when it was time to leave, she went WAY out of her way to duck the army of photogs and reporters waiting for her.
When Sheryl finally got into her waiting car, she covered her face ... and didn't say a word when asked about Lance.
Sheryl's believed to have some important information that could affect the Armstrong scandal ... since she was engaged to Lance while he was cheating, blood doping, etc. to win a couple of Tour de France titles.
Sheryl DID speak very generically about Lance to "Entertainment Tonight" yesterday ... saying, "I think that honesty is always the best bet, and that the truth will set you free. It’s gotta be really hard to walk around knowing that you’re not telling the truth about something, so I always contend that the truth is the best way to go."
You Be the Judge
1/20/2013 1:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lance Armstrong finally admitted what everyone on the planet knew ... but was it too little, too late. We gotta ask ...
'I Was Pissed Off'
at Lance Armstrong
1/20/2013 4:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Count Matthew McConaughey among those who were upset to learn Lance Armstrong had been lying all these years about doping ... saying he was mad at his close friend, but then eventually felt sad for him.
McConaughey and Armstrong have been BFFs for years -- both call Austin, TX home and the two have been known to work out together often.
But McConaughey says he was as surprised as anyone when Lance came clean, saying he took the news personally at first, but realized it was wrong to do so.
He told MTV News, "What was he supposed to do? Call me to the side and go, 'Hey man, I did it but don't tell anybody.' Then I would have really had a reason to be pissed off at him, going, 'You want me to walk around holding this?'"
Lance vs. Manti
Who'd You Rather?
1/18/2013 3:15 PM PST BY Johnny Lopez
Lance Armstrong and Manti Te'o ... two men dominating the sports headlines for all the wrong reasons. One for cheating ... and one for dating a dead person who never really existed.
Question is ...
More Who'd You Rather?
How Much Did
Sheryl Crow Know?
1/18/2013 7:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Seems everybody in Lance Armstrong's world knew the truth about the cyclist -- that he was cheating his face off -- which begs the question ... how much did Sheryl Crow know?
Armstrong dated Crow from 2003 'til 2006 -- when they broke off their engagement. During the relationship, Armstrong rode in the Tour de France twice -- and won both times.
During Armstrong's interview with Oprah, he admitted to using every single PED under the sun and blood doping ... and acknowledged that everyone who came after him for cheating was right.
We reached out to Crow's agent, who didn't have a comment ... and we tried to find a publicist for Sheryl, but were unsuccessful.
So, we gotta ask ...
YES, I DOPED
1/18/2013 6:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lance Armstrong just confessed ... EVERYTHING.
Lance admitted it all during his Oprah interview -- saying he took banned substances to enhance his cycling performances before all 7 of his Tour de France wins ... he blood doped ... he took testosterone ... EPO ... human growth hormone ... everything you can imagine.
Lance had denied the allegations for years -- and when Oprah asked why he came forward now, Lance replied, "I don't know that I have a great answer. I will start now by saying this is too late ... I view this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times ... I am a flawed character."
He added, "I didn't invent the [doping] culture, but I did nothing to stop the culture ... and I am sorry for that."
Lance said he began using EPO (erythropoietin) -- a hormone that enhances red blood cell production -- in the mid 90s.
When asked if he was ever afraid he'd be caught -- Lance replied, "No."
When asked if it felt wrong at the time -- Lance replied, "No."
When asked if he felt like he was cheating -- he replied, "No ... I viewed it as a level playing field."
As for how the whole operation worked, Armstrong hedged on the details -- saying, "I viewed it as very simple. You had things that were oxygen-boosting drugs, for lack of a better word, that were incredibly beneficial for endurance sports. And that's all you needed."
Lance -- who referred to his former self as "an arrogant pr*ck" -- isn't shocked by the outrage over his lies and deceit ... saying, "I deserve it."
Manti Te'o Hoax
Great News ...
For Lance Armstrong
1/17/2013 2:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Manti Te'o didn't just inspire a new whole Internet craze (Te'oing) ... he also made life WAAAAYYY easier for one Lance "Yep, I cheated" Armstrong.
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Lance vs. Oprah
Time to Start Peddling
1/17/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Lance Armstrong confession is being hailed as the sporting event of the year ... and sports bars across the country are gearing up for the rush it will bring.
In fact, TMZ has learned one sports bar in Texas is making a night out of it. We've learned Little Woodrow's in Austin is having a "Watch Oprah Ride Lance" viewing party ... complete with some PED-influenced cocktail specials.
The manager tells us they're serving the "Cyclist on Steroids" ... a twist on the traditional Surfer on Acid.
The interview is set to air Thursday night at 9 PM EST -- right around the same time the Lakers are scheduled to take on the Heat.
Looks like it's gonna be a rough night for people in yellow jerseys.
We're NOT Calling It Quits
On Lance Armstrong
1/16/2013 5:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Nike might reunite with Lance Armstrong after all ... despite terminating its contract with the disgraced cyclist last year -- so says the Nike CEO Phil Knight.
Phil was out in DC yesterday when we asked if Lance and Nike might patch things up after the cyclist admitted to using PEDs -- and Phil responded, "Never say never."
You'll recall, Nike dropped Lance back in October, saying, "Due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade, it is with great sadness that we have terminated our contract with him."
As for whether Phil plans to watch Oprah's interview with Lance ... you get three guesses.