Nobody, USADA or Landis, has said anything publicly about the settlement finalized last Friday, Dec 4th. If they aren't answering the calls that came from the press right away, neither is likely to talk to us on the record either.
If anyone starts answering questions, here are a few we'd like resolved.
- Is there a confidentiality provision prohibiting comment, or are people just being quiet?
- Is Landis free to race at the end of January?
- Has Landis paid USADA the $100,000?
- Is Landis going to be paying USADA the $100,000?
We still see no motivation for Landis to settle before seeing a USADA filing if the terms included him paying substantial money. Thus, we're inclined to think USADA made some concessions on the fine, but can't guess if there was any reciprocal gesture by Landis beyond agreeing to drop the action.
Some of the "Landis as antichrist" folks seem to think he gave up and paid, or will be paying the fine. This seems unlikely to us, but there's not yet proof one way or another. Should facts emerge, it'll be interesting to see what retractions and respin is done by whoever leapt to wrong conclusions.