Sports
by Reggie Noble on January 23, 2013

A former teammate of Lance Armstrong testified in a sworn affidavit that Armstrong planned to use his testicular cancer as his “card to play” if his doping sins ever caught up with him, according to a source.

Jonathan Vaughters, Armstrong’s U.S. Postal teammate, said in his affidavit that Armstrong blamed the spread of his cancer on the fact that the International Cycling Union (UCI), the sport’s governing body, didn’t detect high levels of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin in Armstrong’s body when it tested the cyclist.

The drug, known as hCG, is taken by males who are steroid users to boost their natural testosterone levels and prevent testicular atrophy.

According to a Daily Mail report, which printed portions of Vaughters’ affidavit, Vaughters said that during a U.S. Postal training camp, “I had a conversation with Lance in which he told me that the UCI should have detected a high level of hCG in his doping controls when he had cancer but failed to do so . . . Lance said, ‘If I ever have a doping problem, I have this card to play.’ ”

Keep this in mind the next time some Armstrong apologist says they still like the disgraced cyclist because of all the good he’s done in the fight against cancer.

Armstrong told Oprah Winfrey last week that he didn’t believe PEDs caused his cancer. And hey, he’s never lied about anything before so we should TOTALLY believe him.

[H/T: New York Daily News]