Can you beleive this. It’s like a bad episode of Law and Order. What’s a white kid to do?
Landis claims deal offered for low-down on Armstrong
By Susan Westemeyer
Armstrong and Landis ride together in 2004
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Floyd Landis has said that the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) offered him a deal to reduce his potential suspension on drug charges if he would provide incriminating evidence against Lance Armstrong “or anyone more important than me,” according to ESPN.com.
Speaking at a press conference Thursday in Los Angeles, Landis said that Travis Tygart, USADA’s general counsel, made the offer to his lawyer, Howard Jacobs, shortly after Landis’ positive test was confirmed. Landis claimed that the agency was willing “to do harm to my reputation in order to get to Lance.
“It was clarified for me that if I gave information that would incriminate Lance then I would be given a shorter sentence,” Landis said, according to the Reuters news agency. He added that he had not responded to the offer, saying, “I don’t think that offer justified a response.”
According to USAToday.com, he was offered “the lightest possible sentence,” that being “as little as one month.”
He also released a lengthy statement summarizing his arguments for his hearing, which is scheduled to start next week, and announced that he intends to file an ethics complaint against World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President Dick Pound.
Tygert told ESPN that he is not allowed to comment on ongoing cases, but that “if Mr. Landis wants to waive the rule and allow USADA to comment, I will be more than happy to comment on his nonsense.”
Armstrong said that he was not surprised by the news, nor did it bother him that Landis made the story public. “I think Floyd has to make a case for himself,” Armstrong said, according to ESPN. “This says a lot about USADA’s methods, their tactics and their confidence in their case. He has a scientific case to fight, but it’s also a case of ethics and morals. This makes USADA look petty.
“I think it’s absurd,” he added about the alleged search for information against him. “There’s nothing to find. They’ve looked everywhere and can’t find anything. The other thing I’ve said is that it will never go away.”