Dear FFF Supporter,
USADA’s counsel recently requested our donor records, along with several other astonishing demands of Floyd (to read these demands for yourself, visit pages 3 - 12 of the attached file). Of course, we have no intention of providing them any private information. Fortunately for those of us who are not subject to WADA/USADA abuses, Americans are protected from these kinds of intrusions and threats. This, and a number of other basic democratic principles, seems to be lost on USADA, an agency funded by American taxpayer dollars.
USADA’s recent outrages -- including illegally retesting Floyd’s already cleared B samples in France instead of at the world-class UCLA anti-doping lab -- highlight their total lack of interest in the truth or in advancing justice. It also reminds the entire FFF team of our gratitude for your support. We simply could not conduct this expanding fight for justice without you. Over $500,000 has been raised for Floyd’s defense, and our communications and lobbying efforts have succeeded in reversing public and policymaker opinion regarding Floyd’s victory in the 2006 Tour de France.
Floyd needs your help again before the hearings begin May 14: It is critical that you contact your Congressional Representatives and/or key Members (to access the list, visit pages 13 - 14 of the attached file). This is urgent because the system employed by USADA is so biased against the athlete that any and all steps need to be taken to level the playing field before Floyd’s May 14 hearings. USADA has never lost an arbitration hearing. Their record is 167-0. Common sense and American justice tell us that not every single accused athlete can be guilty, but these apparently don’t concern USADA in their quest for government funding. If Congressional scrutiny puts their funding at risk, they just may begin to attend to the principles that inform the government that funds them.
There are specific Congressional communications guidelines in the “Get Involved” section of our web site (www.floydfairnessfund.org), but in essence, we request that you ask Congress to contact USADA to let them know that US taxpayers expect fair treatment for Floyd. We’ve also attached the contact details for USADA and their legal counsel in case you wish to let them know your thoughts regarding their attempts to intrude into your privacy and to intimidate a group exercising their democratic right to advocate for fairness and justice in athletic anti-doping efforts.
Floyd’s legal and scientific team has prepared an exceptionally strong case proving that his Stage 17 tests were never positive in the first place. You will be able to follow the case in detail as our request for an open hearing was granted and each day of the two week hearing will be covered by print and broadcast media. Our “Wiki Defense” has been based on the principle that Floyd has nothing to hide and that transparency assists us both to counteract the appalling show trial media convictions handed down by WADA and the cycling “leadership,” and to pressure USADA to focus on the facts and science of Floyd’s faulty test, not on extending their appalling 167-0 conviction rate. Your letters, calls and emails can help advance our efforts significantly.
I’ve had the chance to meet many of your at our FFF Town Halls, but would like to extend my personal thanks once again for your help and support for Floyd and the cause of fair and effective anti-doping in sport. Like several of our Team Wiki members, I am working pro bono for this cause, my family and I have also committed tens of thousands of dollars to the FFF. I have no doubt we have set in motion steps to improve the ineffective and deeply conflicted anti-doping system in sport, but Floyd stands at the front of this fight and has sacrificed greatly for what he knows is right. For the sake of justice, we should take every step possible to reverse the slander and injury WADA/USADA have directed at Floyd – a letter, email or call to the persons on the attached list will help greatly in this regard.
With my personal thanks and best wishes,
Floyd Fairness Fund