Individual pursuit

Floyd Landis, the gift that keeps on giving. Now a federal grand jury has become interested in his fabled Floyd Fairness Fund, which can’t be good news for anyone save his lawyers.

Seems the head of the fraud division in San Diego, assistant U.S. Attorney Phil Halpern, is himself a bike racer, so he may have a little more staying power than that Novitzky fella, who plays hoops.

You can’t get blood out of a turnip, but you can sure fuck up the turnip in the process.



16 Responses to “Individual pursuit”

  1. Derek Says:

    If anything comes of it does that mean I get my ten bucks back?

  2. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Interesting situation. Is Floyd no longer figuring on getting any whistleblower loot? Since the BigTex FDA investigation died is that the end of any possible payment? The wife attended a follow-up conference on the Landis fiasco at Pepperdine and it seemed that the REAL money put into the “fairness fund” was from the lawyers trying to use Floyd to beat the anti-doping system, the money contributed by the naive fans was not-so-much. In the end it would be sad to me to see the guy get whacked again after all the crap he’s been through already, being used and abused by plenty of folks starting with BigTex and Co. At this point it’s hard to say he profited from his “crimes” in any substantial way, unlike some others I could name……..

    • khal spencer Says:

      Floyd has spent so much time under the bus that you can tell the bus’s tire change interval looking at his jersey. He helped throw himself there, but jezus, enough is enough. Sounds like the prosecutor is going after low hanging fruit rather than worrying about the big fish.

      • brokenlinkjournalism Says:


        You are talking about lawyers, right?

        Low hanging fruit is all that they can reach since the higher up fruit requires intelligence, acumen and savvy behavior to harvest. These are the same creatures who made “lawyer tabs” a modern bike option whether you want them or not.

        In other words: they would be the only ones who would think that this is a ‘good idea’ since the rest of us KNOW where it is going. Kind of like the Banesto TTT in the early 90s.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      There has to be more to this than meets the eye. Popping Floyd at this point would be like shooting puppies at the pound; not exactly sporting.

      • khal spencer Says:

        You don’t suppose its a back door to TCWSNBN?

      • Jon Paulos Says:

        Boy, I’m with Patrick, there’s got to be more, but what? He’s opened up like a tulip in the spring already, so this surely can’t be a ploy to get him to talk. Get even? For what? He did all he could to hand over Big Tex’ head on a platter. Hmmm, okay time for conspiracy therories. Get even indeed. The District Attorney doing the prosecution is bought and paid for by TCWSNBN. Or he knows who shot JFK (it was Big Tex) and is holding out because the Texas Mafia is threatening him, so the feds are increasing the pressure. Or… hmmm, time for more medication.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Maybe Radio Shackstrong ginned up the Flandis inquiry to distract fans and sponsors from the team’s appalling suckitude during the classics and the thunderous beating awaiting them at the Giro with Schleck the Lesser riding point.

  3. Ira Says:

    Poor Floyd is ending up the poster boy on how not to dope. Watching him go past everyone that day in France like he was being chased by someone with a gun was something to see. It would have been spectacular had it been real. Too bad.

  4. Libby Says:

    Terrible waste of the justice system. Resources should be directed toward international sex-trafficking of children, minors and adults, for example.

    • larryatcycleitalia Says:

      While not defending those type of perverts I think it’s dangerous to say this or that is a “waste of the justice system” as that’s what the fanboys of BigTex said in defense of their man. I would like to see the Justice Department take a much harder look at financial crimes that enrich their crooked masterminds at the expense of so many ordinary shlubs….but I won’t be holding my breath!

  5. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Yeah, yeah, I know what you mean. The “too big to fail”, the “too powerful to sue”, etc. The fatcats continue to get away with all kinds of crap while the little guys get nabbed and pay the price — all to make the regular folks believe the system is fair and works in their favor.

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