Things could be about to get a little more uncomfortable for Lance Armstrong.
The FBI has contacted a Colorado restaurant asking for footage of an alleged confrontation between the seven-time Tour de France winner and former teammate Tyler Hamilton, the Associated Press reports.
The chance encounter between the two cyclists appears to be their first since 60 Minutes aired an interview with Hamilton, in which he accused Armstrong of using banned drugs during his career.
Federal officials are currently investigating doping in professional cycling, with a keen focus on Armstrong. CBS reported in May that a Los Angeles grand jury “has been hearing secret testimony from some of Armstrong's former teammates on the U.S. Postal Service team.”
(The evidence could make certain commercials pretty awkward.)
Hamilton, who has confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs, says that Armstrong also used banned substances while preparing for and competing in various races. He says they were the norm during his years on the Tour with Armstrong.
ESPN reports that Hamilton’s lawyers have said they will leave it up to the FBI to determine whether Armstrong’s allegedly aggressive behavior could constitute witness tampering.
ESPN also reports that Hamilton’s attorney says, “Armstrong repeatedly asked [Hamilton] how much he had been paid to do the television interview, and added that his legal team would ‘[expletive] destroy you,’ ‘tear you apart on the witness stand,’ and ‘make your life a living [expletive] hell.' ”
Armstrong had a very different story when he spoke with Outside magazine. He said that he greeted Hamilton with a “What’s up?” and described the encounter as “certainly awkward for both of us” but “truly uneventful.”
The restaurant’s co-owner, a friend of Armstrong’s, said surveillance only covers the kitchen area, but said the confrontation was “a non-event.”