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Floyd Landis follows a road taken by previous whistleblowers

The cyclist may indeed know if others, including Lance Armstrong, have cheated, but his years of denying such accusations weaken his credibility — and he carries a message that many fans don't want to hear.

May 22, 2010|By David Wharton

Kemp won redemption by way of a $1.08-million judgment against the school and was reinstated. The university and the NCAA eventually toughened academic standards.

But the results aren't always so clear-cut in the secretive world of doping.

In 2003, track coach Trevor Graham quietly sent a syringe containing a new designer steroid to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which led investigators to BALCO.

The ensuing scandal ensnared track stars Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery, among others.

Though the evidence Graham provided helped boost anti-doping enforcement, the U.S. Olympic Committee eventually banned him from its facilities because of his links to more than half a dozen athletes sanctioned or implicated in doping offenses.

To some degree, Landis now benefits from those who came before. For all the negative public reaction Canseco endured, much of what he alleged has since proved true.

Given cycling's checkered past, Landis might also get some benefit of the doubt.

"He's not claiming he saw a pink armadillo reading a book," Hoberman said. "He is claiming what is actually pretty routine stuff."

Which makes him part of the new world of sports.

"We've become used to wanting the inside story," Dyreson said. "There has been a blurring of the line between sport and entertainment — it's like Hollywood."

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