Former assistant says 'petty criminal' Armstrong should be put behind bars for doping offences

Washington, Jan. 17 (ANI): Banned cyclist Lance Armstrong's former right-hand man has blasted him for cheating, saying that he should be in jail for lying about taking steroids.

Mike Anderson told the New York Post that Armstrong was a 'petty criminal' after the disgraced champion admitted to Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs.

He said that Armstrong is a 'guy who never had a real job in his life. If he had not weaseled his way into [the] sport and undertook this incredible fraud, he would be a 'petty criminal,' the report said.

Anderson sued his former boss in 2005 for allegedly reneging on a deal to help him open a bike shop after serving as his assistant for more than two years. Armstrong settled.

Their relationship again worsened in early 2004, shortly after Anderson found Armstrong's stash of steroids in an apartment where the star cyclist stayed while training, according to court papers.

Anderson said that he's vindicated by the confession, but still wants to see his former boss locked up.

According to the report, Winfrey hasn't revealed many details on the "emotional" interview, which is set to air tonight and tomorrow night.

The TV confession comes after Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and barred for life from Olympic sports.

Armstrong faces a slew of possible legal troubles over his confession.

Sources said that the Department of Justice was reportedly considering joining a whistleblower lawsuit against the doper, and could still reopen a criminal probe, the report added. (ANI)

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