Obviously we have been out of the doping scene over the past few weeks, but what a time to come back. Hot stories on Floyd Landis, Lance Armstrong, Brian Cushing. Interesting but weren't these controversial names a few years back with much vitriol spewed at those who would ever consider these athletes cheated.
The Landis story broke late Wednesday (ESPN) when he admitted to years of PED (EPO , blood doping, and steroids) use.
LANDIS: "I WANT TO CLEAR MY CONSCIENCE"
In a lengthy phone interview last night with ESPN.com's Bonnie Ford, cyclist Floyd Landis admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs for most of his career, including in 2006 when he tested positive and was stripped of his Tour de France victory and handed a two-year ban from the sport. "I want to clear my conscience,'' he said. "I don't want to be part of the problem any more.'' Landis also confirmed that he sent emails to cycling and anti-doping officials over the past few weeks, implicating dozens of other athletes, including Lance Armstrong, team management and owners, as well as officials of the sport's national and international governing bodies. ESPN is seeking further evidence and comment from those individuals. Meanwhile, the head of cycling's world governing body questions Landis' credibility, telling The Associated Press that Landis is "seeking revenge" and holds a "grudge" against Lance Armstrong and others.
The Landis email are excerpted here by ESPN. He admitted to at least EPO as well as implicated Armstrong.
Of course there will be the Armstrong defenders, as if no one learns the lessons from history on athlete denials over 'roids and PEDs.