- Jun 19, 2009
Agree.roundabout said:Eh, no. A reply that starts with own preconceived notions about other people's intentions is hardly thoughtful.
The first paragraph is (IMO) a fair statement - but you went astray with the second.Jamsque said:It seems to me that the only people who are finding anything suspicious in this 'leak' and JV's responses are those who came to the discussion with the pre-judgment that Garmin is a dirty team and JV is a con-man. For those like me who are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, there is nothing here that contradicts anything Vaughters has said in the past about the way his team goes about its business. I can't see a neutral finding anything suspicious about it either.
As for the question "Why doesn't Vaughters talk about his past", which pops up all the time here and seems to usually be code for "Why doesn't Vaughters tell us everything he ever saw Lance Armstrong do", he has a very good reason for not answering it and I am pretty sure he has said as much before now.
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I am one of those who believes he needs to be honest about his past (keyword HIS). JV all but admitted his own doping in the Kimmage interview from 2008 -so it would not be a shock to the sport if he admitted.
Why this has come up recently was he went and did an interview with Tan - he was thrown the softball and avoided the answer.
Much of what we know about Garmin is from what has been said - that requires us to put our faith and trust in what he says, avoiding questions is not the best way to do that - and what makes this stupid and frustrating is that his doping will come out in the FDA case soon.
While I have no doubt that some are only interested in JVs doping to get at Armstrong he could have used the ongoing investigation as the perfect reason not to discuss it.