Armstrong had his lawsuit versus the USADA thrown out of court.
“This court is not inclined to indulge Armstrong’s desire for publicity, self-aggrandizement, or vilification of defendants, by sifting through 80 mostly unnecessary pages in search of the few kernels of factual material relevant to his claims,” Sparks wrote. He urged the cyclist to re-file his lawsuit without “any improper argument, rhetoric, or irrelevant material.”
“Contrary to Armstrong’s apparent belief, pleadings filed in the United States District Courts are not press releases, internet blogs or pieces of investigative journalism,” the judge added in a footnote. “All parties, and their lawyers, are expected to comply with the rules of this court, and face potential sanctions if they do not.”
In a statement issued late Monday, Armstrong lawyer Tim Herman said he would “conform my conduct precisely” to the judge’s order.
“When Judge Sparks speaks, I listen,” Herman said. “It doesn’t change the legal issues involved or any of the relief that we seek.”