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:
JUST IN: ABC News has learned that Lance #Armstrong is being investigated for possible criminal charges in Spain.— ABC World News (@ABCWorldNews) March 26, 2013
Sources in the US & Spain say that Lance Armstrong is being investigated for possible criminal charges in Spain related to doping.— Neal Karlinsky (@NealKarlinsky) March 26, 2013
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.