I read it. All 200 plus pages of supposed rock solid evidence against Lance Armstrong. I am not an Armstrong defender but I am a little taken back by the vicious shit storm that has followed his choice to not defend himself against allegations, a process he felt flawed and yesterdays release of the 200 page document of the findings against him.
I’ve read it all. It seems too perfect and too tidy. It seems like the James Bond of doping stories. I don’t understand why those who testified against him, admitted use themselves are being held as victims and heralded for coming forward. I just don’t get it. If it is as its set out that all from Floyd and Levi to Lance are all guilty then why spare a few who speak. Is it a point of having someone confess and all will be forgiven? ..There must be more than the eye witness accounts? Which even though there are 11 such accounts still adds up to nothing more than hearsay, gossip and rumor. If all sides agree Lance was tested more than any other athlete in history would it be safe to assume one of those must have resulted in a positive..I mean really. Maybe, if he did in fact dope and you tested him 500 times and all results were clear, then the processes should be on trial. I have a tough time swallowing that if the others were caught and he wasn’t then there must be other reasons for clear tests other than the greatest cover up in pro sports history.
Again I am in no way saying LA is innocent. I am just trying to understand this whole process. Trying to grasp the message. They accuse LA of the most sophisticated doping scandal in history but can’t pin him for it. For his refusal to refute the evidence against him they ban him for life. Not just from cycling but from anything they can. Even the Chicago Marathon since it falls under U.S. track and field. Yet, those who did the same but own it are allowed to continue. Marion Jones, played pro basketball in the WNBA after losing her Olympic results due to doping and any MLB players who admitted use were cleared to continue. A-Rod being the most high profile. Some of the riders and teammates who turned in evidence were handed reduced sentences from 2 years to a reduced 6 months. American Justin Gatlin,who sat out a 4 year ban for testing positive, just won the Bronze in the men’s 100M at London 2012.
So what I am wondering is whats the goal of the entire process? To clean up sports? For who and to what end? The single minded approach to this particular investigation to nail LA to the wall seems a little off to me. They bent their own rules, voided Tour victories where their authority and jurisdiction were questionable at best and reduced fellow offenders penalties by 75 percent to secure testimony. It seems like one person is taking the heat and lions share of the hurt and loss for something that if true should be shared by those ex-teammates, team sponsors, events, and governing bodies that were all to happy to reap the rewards off of one persons back but are all to quick to point the finger when questions arise.
Its a hell of a mess. I can’t help but think that there is a lot more to come.