Originally Posted by sniper
you're smarter than that, GJB, I know you are.
i'm feeling good today, so I'll spell it out, just for you:
fact 1: PEDs are pervasive in prosport including triathlon
fact 2: coaches most of the time know what their athletes are on
fact 3: Stephens is a very successful triathlon coach
now, if you have evidence that Shaun has actively tried to keep his athletes from using PEDs, post it.
until then the most plausible inference from facts 1-3 is that Shaun endulges doping.
sniper, you are shifting the burden of proof to the negative. This is considered a logical fallacy in legal, scientific and philosophical reasoning.
You are making the claim with 99% certainty, that Shaun Stephens (whom I know personally btw) is a doper, therefore it is you who must prove your alleged "facts" stated above. Specifically, you must provide evidence of the following....
1. Doping is pervasive in triathlon
2. All coaches know whether or not their athletes are doping
3. Athletes that Shaun Stephens coached were dopers
4. Shaun Stephens knew they were doping and encouraged it or allowed it to continue
If you can't prove any of these then your claim is simply airy fairy fluff and would get beaten down hard in any court or tribunal that would bother to hear it. Yes I realize this is an internet forum and not a court of law, but so what, it doesn't make your reasoning and accusation any more valid.
edit: and btw..... "indulge" might be the word you are looking for