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November 12, 2006

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You're right that he's never going to recover from his early PR missteps, but he's equally never going to recover what he had before the accusations were made. If he's eventually found innocent, his PR errors will matter less than the fact that he was accused at all; and if found guilty, it won't matter what he said.

You're dead wrong when you think he had any choice but to have B test done at the same lab, or that he has much affect now on the speed of the resolution -- unless he wants to plead guilty. If he is going to be found innocent, the process is going to take as long as it takes, with the anti-doping agencies now engaged in most of the delaying tactics, to bleed him financially, deny him evidence, and to waste his remaining career time.

Free Floyd has been on hiatus for a long time. The current best site for news and collection of opinion is Trust But Verify

http://trustbut.blogspot.com

where this is now linked into the daily summary. A recent series there starting at

http://trustbut.blogspot.com/2006/11/no-documents-for-you-correspondence.html

shows some of the USADA delay and deny tactics in action.

The best PR move he has done is insist on a public hearing. That is either going to succeed in a big way, or blow up in spectacular fashion.

TBV

Thanks for the info about your blog as well as your insights.

"You're dead wrong when you think he had any choice but to have B test done at the same lab, or that he has much affect now on the speed of the resolution -- unless he wants to plead guilty."

I didn't say anything about the speed of the resolution.

If you mean that he had no choice about the testing process due to the power structure with which he's dealing, I can believe that, but it doesn't change anything about what he could have attempted for pr.

Demanding a test of the second sample at another lab and making a lot of noise about it would have placed a question mark in many people's minds, especially if the folks in charge refused his requests and/or demands.

That's exactly the kind of thing that would have given him leverage in the public arena, whether or not it would have helped his case.

Especially in the U.S., the opportunity to tie testing problems into other famous lab blunders, like the incredible blunders of the LAPD crime labs which are now well documented and have cost LA huge amounts of money, would be one unique way to go that could actually work.

Saying things like, "I think they made a mistake", only works when people presume your innocent. For folks who haven't been keeping up or don't care, this AP report to which I link basically makes Landis look like a liar.

The unfortunate thing about a public hearing is that most folks won't understand what's going on and most MSM writers will be confused. I've read some of the online folks breaking down the lab results, the statements of Landis & co., etc. etc. and there's no way to simply present that to the public in a way that they will understand.

I hope he can get some good pr out of it but, barring vindication, he'll come out looking worse in the minds of the general public.

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