Running from a link at Trust by Verify, I find that Dan Daly of the Washington Times has decided that Rodney Harrison of the New England Patriots, who recently tested positive for HGH and confessed to the same, is on a different run of guilt than other “drug cheats”. Daly goes on to use Ben Johnson, Barry Bonds, and Floyd Landis as the “scoundrels” occupying certain “circle of hell”, and somewhat excuses Harrison because he didn’t “mess with history”.
Now, I want to believe Floyd Landis did not dope. At this point, the process by which his samples were tested is so fraught with miscues, missteps, mislabeling, misuse of equipment, and misuse of confidentiality that I think the only fair thing is to say the body of evidence from inconsistent tent methods to inconsistent methodology is so inconclusive that the benefit of the doubt has to go to Landis, and he is reinstated.
That’s just me. Nonetheless, Landis matter is still under appeal. He has never said he doped (as did Johnson or Harrison), nor is there circumstantial evidence or significant physical evidence (as with Bonds). One might think that Daly might exercise a little restraint before casting reputations to the flames. One might think Daly would allow the process to work before calling folks out as cheats.
Yeah….like that is going to happen.
So, here is my prediction. We can see what Daly will write if the Landis appeal is denied. However, if Landis wins his appeal, I bet Daly will choose to either ignore the ruling or dive into the Greg LeMond “technicalities” line of argument.
It will be a pity whichever course he chooses.