Anti-doping authorities serve as prosecutor, judge and jury. Innocent athletes often pay a high price.
The worldwide sports anti-doping program, created to fight performance-enhancing drug use in international athletics, imposes severe punishments for accidental or technical infractions, relies at times on disputed scientific evidence and resists outside scrutiny, a Times investigation has found.
This promises to be a multipart story. Can't wait for more tomorrow. Good reference page too. They even gave TBV a link under the title, "Floyd Landis: blog on Landis doping allegations", our first MSM reference. Joy!
Thisislondon.co.uk (Evening Standard online) gives an excellent retelling of the whole mess from Landis' point of view under the headline, "Innocent Man or Cheat?" Also on The Daily Mail.
"I don't fault people for believing I must be guilty," he said. "If I were looking in from the outside, I'd be feeling exactly the same way. But I'd like to be given a fair trial and the evidence to be considered with an open mind."
CyclingPost has some Landis quotes, but doesn't say where they are from or when they were made.
"It is just ridiculous that riders who were not allowed to start in the Tour de France even couldn't talk to the media. They were accused, that's all! They had to go home without defending themselves. While a story always has two sides,"Blogs
Fun Here and Away notes that FL is riding again and cites floydlandis.com
Baseball Musings reads the LA Times report and is glad MLB didn't go along.
The Polish Hammer gets to writing about Landis, and thinks he's probably guilty.