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Armstrong doesn't plan to pay back $12M

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Lance Armstrong doesn't have any plans to repay as much as $12 million in bonus earned for three of his Tour de France wins, despite admitting that he used performance-enhancing drugs during those wins, his lawyers told USA Today Sports

SCA Promotions insured and paid U.S. Postal team bonuses for the victories. The Texas company has said it's considering filing a lawsuit to recoup the money paid for his fourth, fifth and sixth Tour victories.

Armstrong's lawyer, Tim Herman, said there was no precedent for such a payback.

"My only point is no athlete ever, to my understanding, has ever gone back and paid back his compensation," Herman told the paper. "Not [New Orleans Saints head football coach] Sean Payton or anybody else. They were suspended, but nobody said you've got to give your paycheck back."

SCA Promotions lawyer Jeff Tillotson said in January that Armstrong had sworn under oath he didn't use PEDs during the races for which the company insured his bonuses.

"He's now told us, at least through Oprah, that he lied when he told us he was a clean rider," Tillotson told the BBC, referring to the interview with Oprah Winfrey in which Armstrong admitted to doping. "He doped during all those races, and USADA [U.S. Anti-Doping Agency] and UCI [the International Cycling Union] have stripped him of his official title status. So under those circumstances, my client naturally wants his money back."

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