Quote de Mom

Quote de Mom: Floyd Landis flunked a drug test and an AP reporter was able to get his mother on the phone.

Quote:

“Arlene Landis, his mother, said Thursday that she wouldn’t blame her son if he was taking medication to treat the pain in his injured hip, but ‘if it’s something worse than that, then he doesn’t deserve to win. I didn’t talk to him since that hit the fan, but I’m keeping things even keel until I know what the facts are…I know that this is a temptation to every rider but I’m not going to jump to conclusions … It disappoints me.'”

All I can say is: What the that which hits the fan was he thinking?

  • Shannon

    His sweet mom! They’re Minnonites..rode their bikes to neighbors house every day to watch the race because they don’t have a tv at home. I am following his mom’s lead…it has to be pain medication, right?! I loved Floyd!

  • rex

    If they don’t have a TV, how ‘come they have a telephone? Yes, Shannon, it was just pain medication. Really. If you close your eyes real tightly and wish it hard enough, that may come true.

  • Staci D. Kramer

    Too soon to jump to conclusions on this one, Rex. The B test hasn’t been run yet and we don’t have any sense of other medical elements; steroids aren’t the only thing that raise levels. There’s also the logic factor — he knew he would be tested if he won that day. The worst may be true but we’re not there yet.

  • Barbara

    I’m devastated.

  • rex

    Agreed, Staci. The knowledge that if you win, you are automatically tested would tend to suggest he would have to be crazy to dope up during the tour. Also, with the microscope on this issue in this sport, it makes little sense. While I didn’t follow it closely, wasn’t the fact that the leading racers were even under investigation the reason that they couldn’t ride in this year’s tour — this is a sport where (likely due to past sins) you are guilty until proven innocent.

  • lcreekmo

    All I can say is, if he IS guilty, he has just proven himself to be the World’s Biggest Idiot. Surely no one is really that stupid. (I have been wrong on this point in the past.)

  • lewis pennock

    NPR had a piece on how this particular test works, and this story kind of sums of what it said. It might offer some hope: http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/07/28/sports/hormone.php