Almost predicting there will be more legal battles in different venues, Sparks found “there are troubling aspects of this case, not least of which is USADA’ s apparent single-minded determination to force Armstrong to arbitrate the charges against him, in direct conflict with UCI’s equally evident desire not to proceed against him.”
“Unfortunately, the appearance of conflict on the part of both organizations creates doubt the charges against Armstrong would receive fair consideration in either forum,” Sparks said. “The issue is further complicated by USA Cycling’s late-breaking show of support for UCI, and apparent opposition to USADA’s proceeding — a wrinkle which does not change the court’s legal analysis, but only confirms that these matters should be resolved internally, by the parties most affected, rather than by edict of this court.”
Sparks had no desire to intervene in the fight between cycling and drug-testing authorities in a case that cites offenses going back 14 years.
“As mystifying as USADA’s election to proceed at this date and in this manner may be, it is equally perplexing that these three national and international bodies are apparently unable to work together to accomplish their shared goal — the regulation and promotion of cycling,” Sparks said. “However, if these bodies wish to damage the image of their sport through bitter infighting, they will have to do so without the involvement of the United States courts.”
The USADA really is behaving like a pack of shits here. You can’t tell an athlete that the rules are that they have to pass drug tests, and then, when they do, tell them they have to answer self-interested witnesses that the US DOJ wouldn’t trust to use to press a case. Armstrong may have doped, but there is no scientific evidence of it. Other people might say he doped, but that isn’t the standard he has to meet. The USADA is simply pursuing this for some other reason. Why, I don’t know. But it’s not because they have evidence that would meet their own criteria for anyone other than Lance Armstrong. So, you really do have to ask, what is behind their bizarre behavior?