MSNBC/AP/Eddie Pells says USADA just lost a case, on a Landaluze problem: LaTasha Jenkins. She was represented by Michael Straubel, working pro-bono, along with some law students. Maurice Suh was sought out and gave this spin:
Suh said he wasn't surprised USADA's first loss came in a relatively low-profile case. Still, he thought it was a sign the explosive Landis case might have had an effect.In the USAToday version of the same story, Landis gets a quote too:
"I hope we brought attention to problems in testing and to the fact that rules are important,'' Suh said. "They shouldn't be enforced one way against one athlete and other ways against others depending on the political pressure that's going on.''
"I want USADA, when accusing people of breaking the rules, to follow the rules," Landis said. "Here you have a person who is missing a year of her life. You can't possibly put a value on that."
We haven't seen a USADA press release. When they win, they come in our email pretty quickly. (Tip from an emailer)
Also at LA Times, by Philip Hersh.
The NY Times "reviews" yesterday's announcement of the Mitchell Report and there already seems to be trouble abrewing between former Sen. Mitchell, who recommends no punishment for those cited in the report, and MLB Comissioner Bud Selig who wants to review each case one by one and then decide who gets what.
NBC Sports.com's Alan Abrahamson , 2004 IOC Sport and Media award winner, takes the cynical view stating that no matter what, baseball fans who are desperate for heroes will continue to support their sport, after all look at the Floyd Landis case:
That is the lesson of those who still believe Floyd Landis' story -- even after an arbitration panel ruled he had taken illicit testosterone, in violation of the Olympic-style anti-doping rules, in winning the 2006 Tour de France. There are still those, even in the face of compelling scientific evidence, who want to believe Floyd didn't do it.
which is pretty much the same thing he said about Landis before the hearing. The Olympic club hangs together. So, of course, he recommends MLB turn it's testing and adjudication over to USADA.
Some other likely suspects turn up: ESPN's John Helyer finds Gary Wadler , Mr. Pound, and Tygart chipping in, Travis liking the call for an independant drug-testing administrator, and Helyer offers USADA as a likely candidate. Sporting News' Gerry Fraley also finds Wadler, who likes an independant agency -- the headline suggest WADA, but the article doesn't. The Star-Ledger's Dan Graziano finds him too. The Denver Post finds USADA "offerring assistance" to baseball, finding Tygart and Wadler to hit their talking points.
WADA did a press release patting itself on the back, claiming to be the model for what Mitchell has proposed. It provides most of the quotes attributed to Mr. Pound today, including annoyance at the prospect of an amnesty.
The Canadian Press writes about Landis arbitrator Richard McLaren's participation in the preparation of the Mitchell Report.
The WSJ Law Blog also talks about McLaren, noting he was the first person Mitchell thanked.
The Duluth News Tribune, on the lighter side, feels it entirely appropriate that writers use PEDs, after all who would care? Time for a cup of Peets.
The IOL reports that Alexander Vinokourov thinks cycling is just a sport without much money which makes it an easy target for WADA to go after:
Vinokourov said WADA was closing its eyes to suspected doping in other sports because the professional federations running them were too powerful and would not submit in the way cycling had.
"If WADA is really fighting for clean sport, then why is it that if in Spain (doctor Eufemiano) Fuentes has a list of 150 athletes, they only announce the cyclists?" he said.
The CyclingNews reveals that team Telekom doctors falsified cyclist patients records ostensibly to hide doping practices. And in other Telekom/T-Mobile news Jef D'Hont is being sued for part of the profits from his tell all book.
Racejunkie has no Landis content today, but his comments on the Mitchell Report, not to mention Vino, are worth a look.
Rant wonders if the Mitchell Reports can really change things since it's kind of a "he said/he said" thing.
Go Faster Jim was wondering before the release of the Mitchell Report what, if any, effects it would have, and is convinced that PED use exists in all sports. He also wonders if the media will play this one the way they played the Landis story, stay tuned.
Dugard is pleased Tygart is finally listed as CEO of USADA. It's a business, after all. And he never hooked up with Floyd.
SportingGo gives Landis the "Who needs enemies award" for l'Affaire Geohegan.
Velo Vortmax rips the WADA report on "plea bargaining", wondering what crack someone was on about this:
Minutes of the WADA Executive Committee Meeting of 19 Nov 2006. Page 29 referring to the notorious fact that some athletes, particularly wealthy athletes, consider that they have nothing to lose by putting forward all imaginable defenses in the hope that one or the other may work with the result that anti-doping organizations spend significant amounts of money defending the validity of clear laboratory results.
VV rightly wonders in rejoinder:
It would be an absurd presumption to include cycling and cyclists as the wealthy athletes with nothing to lose who would resort to any tactic to subvert clear laboratory results! I have a difficult time recalling a cyclist who resorted to obstructionist tactics to defeat a clear laboratory test result. But then again I have a hard time recalling a clear laboratory test result.
The WADA Executive Committee could not possibly be referring to Floyd Landis as the ultra rich athlete who has nothing to lose by contesting a flawless lab performance? Floyd Landis has spent over two million dollars and will spend eighteen months of his life fighting the United States Anti-Doping Agency over a case be-fret of sound scientific evidence. Much of the money was raised through donations and auctions. The sight of Floyd Landis begging for alms like a pauper to defend himself was appalling. At present, with no resolution of his case in sight, Mr. Landis is destitute. USADA is doing quite well, thank you, with an operating budget of twenty million dollars funded by American tax payers.
Bleacher Report thinks the solution isn't better testing, but finding better people to play sports.
(Thinking about Ty Cobb, in whose blood flowed the milk of human kindness, and his sharpening spikes for hard slides into second base, or the second baseman, as the tactical situation required.)