Thursday, May 20, 2010

Yeah, thanks Floyd...

It became public late on Wednesday evening that Floyd Landis wrote a series of emails to officials in cycling, and other authority figures, naming names and blasting "a charade" of anti-doping programs.

Though the actual emails haven't been released yet, the details were laid out quite a bit in this Wall Street Journal article:

I stood up for Floyd back in the day, because his argument was solid, and the lab screwed up the protocols and procedures, as the evidence showed. In short, the system cheated to catch him, and that was a scary precedent. I wanted to believe he could be innocent and win, and my patriotism helped me cheer another American. As an aspiring professional at the time, it gave me hope that doing things the right way could still get me to the top.

It's not that I don't believe you, but why this now? Floyd, your team got snubbed from the Tour of California, and during the race you decide to steal the spotlight? Sure, you wrote them on the 30th of April, but still timely with the snub, and right with the race. You come across as bitter. Accusing a guy who supported you during the accusations, and I know for a fact supported a few of your friends when they were suffering from cancer. Sure, maybe he cheated too, but he didn't force you. You made your choices. Your tests came back positive, his negative. Now you're pissed. If you were still getting negatives, would we even hear about this?

Here's a few other things you're forgetting Floyd...

- You blame the system, instead of standing up at the time and admitting, "Yes, I cheated. There's no way to win this race without cheating. Let's clean up the system for real." Or even pre-emptively writing the emails when the doping was going on.
- You attempted to ruin the reputation and life of perhaps our only clean Tour de France champ, and drug-use opponent, Greg Lemond, having your cronies threaten him and his family history of sexual molestation if he testified against you.
- You ruined the reputation of one of the best coaches in the sport, Arnie Baker. Not sure if you've accused him of being part of the systematic doping, but if he wasn't, you've cast a dark shadow over his career and relationships.
- After you tested positive, you stole money from those who supported you and wanted to believe your lies. You held town meetings, fundraisers, and any other charade you could to get the money to pay lawyers to continue your deceit.
- Not long after your downfall, one of your best friends and an asset to the cycling community of San Diego committed suicide. Incredible coincidence, or from the strain of the deceit along with his other problems?
- Nobody asked Floyd Landis to come back to cycling. If you cheated, your legacy would have been better to clean it up back then. Or lead a crusade to clean up the sport, instead of racing. Get a desk job if you hate it. Your chance to really make a difference has probably passed.
-(LATE EDIT) You nearly bankrupted the US Anti-Doping Agency in legal costs and proceedings, which is the only real agency trying to fight the drug use you are so upset about now, and claim needs to help clean up the sport!

Bottom line Floyd, you're selfish. You want to expose others because you're not getting the money and opportunities you once had. If you were riding on Radio Shack, your mouth would be shut. But it's not about doing good, it's about the fact you cheated, and got cheated. But you're too selfish to see the fans and future riders all got cheated by you. Not just once, but countless times. And you do this when the sport enjoys its biggest moment here in the states.

Yeah, thanks Floyd.



David said...

Yes, yes, yes... you have some good points. But, if he is telling the truth, why is this bad for the sport?

Jim Vance said...

Because when you say this person, this person, that person, etc, and you're broke and bankrupt, you have motivation to make money. Trust me, Floyd doesn't care about saving the sport, or helping his conscious. He had no problems taking people's money for fighting his legal battles, and lying for years. If he simply said, "I cheated, and here is what I DID,..." then I could believe him more. What he has done at this point in time will damage the opportunities of up and coming cyclists, deter sponsors, media and even fans. The one trace of silver lining is that he could help change the drug testing and make the sport cleaner. Of course, that was supposed to happen when all the other guys admitted too.