The Lance Armstrong Debacle

A good friend sent this arti­cle (link) to me this morn­ing and it was the first of many that I read regard­ing the recent alle­ga­tions and actions by the USADA against Tour de’ France win­ner Lance Arm­strong:

Last night, the net was abuzz with com­ments regard­ing the state­ments and while I con­tin­ue to be asked about the sub­ject, this is my response that I sent via email this morn­ing:

One, this clear­ly elim­i­nates cred­i­bil­i­ty for the USADA and pos­es a severe risk for future Amer­i­can flagged  rid­ers and ath­letes as a whole. Two, the evi­dence is so lack­ing that a court of law would not be able to pro­ceed. There is a lack of even cir­cum­stan­tial evi­dence and all they have is mere­ly tes­ti­mo­ny.

Now, if he had tru­ly had done some­thing against the rules, then fine, pun­ish him. But to pro­ceed down this path, this far with only the tes­ti­mo­ny of ath­letes who’s cred­i­bil­i­ty is in ques­tion as is? That only serves to tar­nish the sport, par­tic­u­lar­ly in the US and ques­tion the motives of the USADA. An unac­cept­able approach to say the least and the UCI has con­curred.
 
What’s more dis­turb­ing is that giv­en the ques­tion­able behav­ior the USADA they still have the pow­er that they do on an inter­na­tion­al stage and should be inves­ti­gat­ed them­selves if not sus­pend­ed from the WADA for the way this case was and is being han­dled.
This would the equiv­a­lent of you being arrest­ed, charged with a crime and sent to prison only because your neigh­bors said you did some­thing. Not tak­ing into account their motives, or the actu­al events of the crime or more impor­tant­ly, the evi­dence!