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Floyd Fairness Fund?

From AFP via Yahoo!News:

NEW YORK (AFP) – American cyclist Floyd Landis is seeking to raise two million dollars to fund a fight to clear his name of doping charges.

Landis, who is expected to be stripped of the Tour de France yellow jersey for testing positive after the 2006 race, said the money is needed to cover legal fees and expenses in connection with his defence.

“Despite their lack of adherence to individual rights and due process … the sports bureaucracies pursuing Floyd are funded in large part by multi-million dollar grants of US taxpayer dollars and have financial and human resources that far outstrip those of even a professional athlete of Floyd’s accomplishments,” said Landis’s spokesman Michael Henson.

What’s the deal here? The Floyd Fairness Fund? I thought this was supposed to be the “Athletes Fairness Organization”, raising money to help all athletes “wrongly” accused of doping, not just a scheme to raise money to pay for his own defense.

How about a Free Sager or Free Bart Fairness Fund?

These guys, who are competing at the grassroots level, for not a whole lot of money, are the ones who really need assistance. These are the guys who will suffer the most by the screw-ups by USADA and WADA.

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2 thoughts on “Floyd Fairness Fund?

  1. The intention to form an FFF and an AFO were announced at the same time, with the clear indication the FFF would come first.

    For reference, see the LA Times story that made the announcement, which says,

    Tour de France champion Floyd Landis is seeking help to meet the expense of fighting the doping charges against him. A spokesman for the cyclist said he has established the Floyd Fairness Fund, which aims to raise more than $2 million in a public appeal, to help pay his bills for legal assistance and scientific experts.

    Landis says he has already spent $150,000 to defend himself against the charge that he doped with testosterone during his victorious ride in the race this summer. Landis maintains he is innocent.

    Landis says he will also start a separate entity, tentatively called the Athlete Fairness Organization, to help wrongly accused athletes fight doping charges and lobby for improved protection for accused competitors.

  2. I’m all for the AFO, and I’d really like to think that Floyd is innocent, but somehow, it just strikes me as wrong to raise money from the public to pay for one’s own legal fees.

    Especially when the grassroots riders are the ones who are really getting fucked.

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