Lance Armstrong Reportedly Investigated for Criminal Doping Charges in Spain

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMarch 26, 2013

AUSTIN, TX - JANUARY 14:  In this handout photo provided by the Oprah Winfrey Network, Oprah Winfrey (not pictured) speaks with Lance Armstrong during an interview regarding the controversy surrounding his cycling career January 14, 2013 in Austin, Texas.  Oprah Winfrey’s exclusive no-holds-barred interview with Lance Armstrong, 'Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive,' has expanded to air as a two-night event on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.  The special episode of 'Oprah’s Next Chapter' will air Thursday, January 17 from 9-10:30 p.m. ET/PT (as previously announced) and Friday, January 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The interview will be simultaneously streamed LIVE worldwide both nights on  (Photo by George Burns/Oprah Winfrey Network via Getty Images)
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The latest in Lance Armstrong's fall from grace may now include criminal charges. According to ABC World News' Twitter feed, Armstrong is currently under a criminal investigation in Spain, which ABC's Neal Karlinsky reports is doping-related:

What is unclear is from exactly when these charges stem. Marca reported in January that the Spanish government was seeking information on Armstrong and his doping accomplices, with the hopes of finding charges that were not past their statute of limitations.

That coincided with the USADA's lengthy report on Armstrong, which accused the disgraced cycling legend of being the head of an intricate performance-enhancing-drug ring. The USADA accused Armstrong of doping throughout his ascent to the top of the cycling world and pressuring other cyclists to take part. 

Following the report, Armstrong admitted to doping throughout his career publicly for the first time in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. The seven-time Tour de France winner acknowledged that each of his titles were tainted with performance-enhancing drugs and apologized profusely for his actions. 

After Armstrong's admission, a house of cards seemed to come crumbling down. The United States federal government joined a lawsuit going after Armstrong for his performance-enhancing-drug use, and many in the court of public opinion refused to believe the cyclist's sincerity.

Most of that came down to Armstrong maintaining his innocence following his 2009 return to the sport. That's an important distinction because it places Armstrong outside the statute of criminal limitations.

While it's unknown what (if any) charges would be filed against Armstrong in Spain, these charges may fly in the face of Armstrong's claims.

Either way, it's yet another step in the wrong direction for a man who was once a hero to so many.