Did they just do that ?

Did did they just do that?

By Tophatal

Well we have seen the idiocy of the MLB season played out with a decision that simply makes no sense with the Washington Nationals deciding to shut down their starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg . To realize the gravity of the maneuver , you have to understand the very fact that the Nationals now sit on the cusp of making the postseason for the first time since 1981 when the franchise fell 3-2 in the NLCS to the Los Angeles Dodgers . At the time, the franchise were known as the Montreal Expos . In the subsequent years the ball-club has struggled to remain relevant , albeit that Bud Selig pretty much eased the way for the sale of the team to present owner Ted Lerner.

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To my mind , GM Mike Rizzo has made a rash decision that is pretty much a slap in the face Strasburg’s teammates and to the long-suffering Nationals’ fans. Anyone who believes that this decision was based upon the well-being of Stephen Strasburg, then they are clearly that naïve and gullible. Manager, Davey Johnson , has suggested that the reason behind to now shutdown the player, was based on the fact, that his performance, in his most recent outing was lackluster and not up to par. Would anyone actually be at all surprised , when for the past five weeks this has been the topic of conversation with Strasburg being continually asked what his thoughts would be , should the coaching staff make the decision to curtail his season? There is no damn common sense to be found within the Nationals’ front office after this utterly idiotic decision ! The game would result in a 9-7 loss to the Miami Marlins , in which the player pitched three anemic innings allowing six hits , 5 earned runs and three walks . What was abundantly clear from this game was the immense pressure Strasburg had been placed under , with this ongoing spectacle and the very fact that the Nationals’ coaching staff did little to downplay this all, instead they allowed this whole spectacle to played out , to the sheer and utter ridicule which has made this ball-club a damn laughing-stock.

Now while the Nationals currently maintain a 5 ½ game lead over the Atlanta Braves within the NL East , this whole scenario does not play out well, for the Davey Johnson’s team . They are certainly better with the fifteen game winner than they are without him . And with the Strasburg’s productivity in terms of the strikeouts amassed there is this growing that this will come back to bite the Washington Nationals in the proverbial ass.

The Nationals will finish their two-game series against the Miami Marlins today at Nationals’ Ballpark in Washington , DC. A loss to the Marlins though not catastrophic , it would certainly deflate the confidence of this team and undoubtedly lead to some soul-searching on the part of the players. As to the spin that will now to be placed on this scenario by the coaching staff, and the hierarchy of the organization .Well. those questions may well be answered, in terms of how the remainder of the Nationals’ season will end. While, I have no doubt that this team will undoubted make the postseason , I am not so sure that they can now go deep into the playoffs , taking the NL pennant and then the World Series , itself !

Next up for the Washington Nationals , will be a three-game set against the lowly New York Mets . It would be an understatement to suggest that the Mets have been pitiful this season , with the exception of R A Dickey , perhaps one of the presumptive favorites for the NL Cy Young Award in 2012.

Monday’s game will see the Mets playing host to the Nationals , with Gio Gonzalez (18-7, 2.98 ERA) taking the mound against Collin McHugh (0-1, 3.27 ERA). Tuesday , will see Jordan Zimmerman (10-8, 2.99 ERA) against R. A . Dickey (18-4 , 2.64 ERA) and as part of this trifecta of games, the final pairing will be John Lannan (2-0, 3.46 ERA) against the Mets’ Matt Harvey (3-4 , 3.04 ERA) . Needless to say, a series’ sweep or at least a 2-1 series’ win would be beneficial for the Washington Nationals , as they embark on the final thirty-plus games of their regular season schedule.

In 2011 the Milwaukee Brewers came away with the NL Central as the divisional champions as Ron Roenicke’s made their first postseason appearance since 2008 . In 2011 however, the Brewers’ foray would not be short-lived as they made it to the NLCS ,where they would succumb to the St Louis Cardinals losing the series 4-2 . This season within the division and it appears that NL Central will have a new champion , and it now seems beyond a doubt that the Cincinnati Reds will come away with their first divisional title since 2010 . Reds’ manager Dusty Baker would like nothing better than to get this team playing at a consistently —- high level as they enter the final stretch run of their season. Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips , Ryan Ludwick , Jay Bruce , Johnny Cueto , Bronson Arroyo, Matt Latos, and closer Aroldis Chapman have spearheaded the Reds’ impressive season. I believe that the Reds are being overlooked as a credible contender for NL pennant . Sunday , and we saw the Reds inexplicably falling 5-1 to the Houston Astros , with Johnny Cueto (17-8) losing his eighth game of the season in that defeat. The Reds’ next three games pits them against the Pittsburgh Pirates , who it now seems have played themselves out of contention for the division (NL Central) as well as quite possibly the wildcard berth in the NL , having gone 3-7 in their last ten games. So much for the talk, of the Pirates having turned the corner , as it appears that like the cars of Sprint Cup Series within NASCAR , the cars only head in one direction ____________ “ always turning left” .

Making a case for complacency would be easy this season , especially in light of the New York Yankees and the way that they have allowed a ten game lead within the AL Easy simply erode to the point where as the 8th September they shared the lead within the division with this season’s surprise team the Baltimore Orioles. The troubling issue for the Yankees is that team captain Derek Jeter and manager Joe Girardi have tried to downplay everything that has transpired concerning the team’s abrupt meltdown over that past six weeks . Now with everything to play for and there being so much at stake , it has to be said should the Yankees fail to make the postseason, then there is a deal of blame to be apportioned all-round , from the front office on down to the coaching staff to this highly overpaid roster of players . Is there anyone who truly believes that Alex Rodriguez is worth $ 32 million a year , given his lack of productivity over the past five years and the player’s lack of leadership skills ? Yet, with even with the baggage that comes along with Rodriguez, he’s merely viewed as the primary selling point as the active home run leader as he looks to surpass the all-time home-run mark of 762 , currently held by Barry Bonds . The former Pirates and Giants’ slugger has been embroiled in a slew of controversy that has simply destroyed Bonds’ image as well as the game of baseball. Thankfully , with the player essentially retired , he does not have the ambition to make a bold return to the game . At the opposite end of the spectrum, seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens , who simply craves the limelight, and is now attempting a return to baseball, having signed a contract with the Atlantic League’s —— Sugarland Skeeters . Independent League’s Sugarland Skeeters.

Far be it for me to suggest that Roger Clemens deserves the time of day , however, with the player having been acquitted in US Federal Court of perjury and obstruction of justice . The player has to viewed in a different light , as he was found not guilty by a jury of his peers. From my owned perspective, the prosecution’s handling and presentation of the case by the US Justice Department’s attorneys , gives credence , that the federal government is being ran by a group of unintelligent buffoons ! With the country now in an election cycle and with both main political parties simply offering sound bites that amount to nothing more than the two main Presidential candidates dithering on so many of the most acute issues that affects this country . Then again , baseball needs a real kick in the ass considering the idiots who preside over the game at the highest level ! Baseball does not need Roger Clemens back in the arena of baseball but unfortunately, the hierarchy’s handling of a number of issues strictly related to the game has been so poorly handled that sport remains a complete laughing-stock among the vast majority of fans who choose to follow baseball .

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Considering the event leading up the Washington Nationals concerning their starting pitcher, Stephen Strasburg, do you believe that the decision made by the organization was a prudent choice ? Also with regard to the playoff picture and that of the divisional wildcard races , which teams do you believe are now in the drivers’ seat as these races proceeds towards their inevitability ? Do leave a comment as you see fit .

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(1) Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper , bottom, is out at second base as he gets tangled up with Miami Marlins second baseman Donovan Solano as Solano turns the double play during the first inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Washington. The Marlins would go on to defeat the Nationals 8-0 . AP Photo/Alex Brandon ….

(2) WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 09: Giancarlo Stanton (27) of the Miami Marlins celebrates with Jose Reyes (7) after an 8-0 victory against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 9, 2012 in Washington, DC. Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images ….

(3) WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 07: Stephen Strasburg(37) of the Washington Nationals sits in the dugout after leaving the game after the third inning against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park on September 7, 2012 in Washington, DC. The player has seen his season come to an abrupt end with the decision made to shut him down for the remain of the Nationals’ 2012 schedule. Strasburg has voiced his displeasure but states he understands the organization’s concern but remains unhappy with that choice. Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images …..

(4) Cincinnati Reds’ Johnny Cueto pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning of their baseball game in Cincinnati, Sunday Sept. 9, 2012. AP Photo/Tom Uhlman ….

(5) Jimmy Paredes (38) of the Houston Astros hops back to first base in time as Joey Votto (19) of the Cincinnati Reds takes the throw from pitcher Johnny Cueto (47) of the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 9, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images ….

(6) Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Zach Britton (53) delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees during the third inning of a baseball game on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Baltimore. The Yankees would go on to defeat the Orioles 13-3 . AP Photo/Nick Wass …

(7) New York Yankees’ Curtis Granderson, right, celebrates his home run with teammate Ichiro Suzuki (31) , of Japan, during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Baltimore. The Yankees won 13-3 . AP Photo/Nick Wass …..

(8) Third base coach Rob Thomson congratulates Alex Rodriguez (13) of the New York Yankees after hitting a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the eighth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 8, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images ….

(9) Alex Rodriguez 13 of the New York Yankees flips his bat after lining out for the second out of the ninth inning during the Yankees 10-6 loss to the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 6, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images …..

(10) Roger Clemens 21 of the Sugar Land Skeeters throws in the second inning against the Long Island Ducks on September 7, 2012 in Sugar Land, Texas. . Getty Images North America/ Bob Levey …

(11) Roger Clemens (21) of the Sugar Land Skeeters talks with his catcher Koby Clemens (22) before playing the Long Island Ducks on September 7, 2012 in Sugar Land, Texas. . Bob Levey / Getty Images North America …..

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Where’s A Lawyer When You Need One ? Well , A Competent One At Least !

Where’s A Lawyer When You Need One ? Well , A Competent One At Least !

By tophatal ………… 06/18/2012

So after two needless trials , prosecuted by the US Justice Department , t; the taxpayer is left holding the bag for the millions of dollars wasted as the government’s case against seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens came crashing down around the attorneys’ ears . Needless to say , with Clemens being found not guilty his being acquitted on all thirteen counts that the federal government indicted the defendant on , it now leaves the public questioning the veracity of the cases that the attorneys seek to prosecute . Especially , where it concerns an athlete , specifically those within the world of baseball. We should remember that another of Clemens’ peers , the now disgraced Barry Bonds having been found guilty on the lesser of eight charges in his original eight-count indictment still awaits sentencing after his guilty verdict . Both Clemens , and Bonds were indicted primarily upon the premise of their testimony to law enforcement officers and the fact both were mentioned in the now “infamous” Mitchell Report ” .

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Clemens may now feel vindicated by this verdict and the very fact his legal counsel led by Rusty Hardin and Michael Attanasio were very tenacious in the representation of their client . They were able to poke gaping holes in the prosecution’s case and the very fact that the reliability of the testimony of Andy Pettite , former teammate of Clemens came into question . Pettite would claim that he may well have misunderstood a conversation that he had with his former Yankees’ teammate , in which Clemens stated he may or may not have used a banned substance . Either , their conversation gravitated towards the use of steroids or it did not . There are no in-between in terms of the discussion of using steroids . Yet , here we had have Pettite stating in essence , he may well have overstated his original conversation with Roger Clemens . Now , add in the circumstantial evidence and testimony of Clemens’ former strength trainer Brian McNamee and you had a case now sliding into an abyss in terms of its veracity . McNamee ‘s integrity repeatedly came into question , having been subpoenaed and testifying under oath to two congressional committees . The House Energy & Commerce Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee his sworn testimony was simply one filled falsehoods and half-truths . Brian McNamee lied to the congressional committee members as well as to investigators from the FBI , so I can only surmise that in lieu of the testimony the Justice Department , the witness had an agreement with the prosecuting attorneys that he would not be prosecuted by way self-incrimination.

Courtesy of Associated Press (AP) & Yahoo Sports

Clemens acquittal latest blow for sports cases

By Frederic J. Fromer , Joseph White and Pete Yost Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) Barry Bonds. Guilty on a technicality. At least that’s how much of the public sees it. It’s all that came out of a seven-year investigation into baseball’s home run king.

Lance Armstrong. Not even prosecuted. A two-year, multi-continent investigation brought to a close this year with no charges filed.

Now Roger Clemens. Acquitted on all counts. A five-year investigation ended with the top pitcher of his generation celebrating with family hugs inside the courtroom.

After three expensive failures, the government is done, it seems, with the business of pursuing high-profile cases of drugs-in-sports – with a track record not worth bragging about.

”It was a tremendous waste of federal resources,” said Stanley Brand, a long-time Washington defense attorney who was counsel to the House of Representatives from 1976 to 1983. ”The juries that acquitted these people weren’t persuaded by any of this. That’s the man on the street.”

With the government striking out yet again, the policing of drugs in sports now falls to other entities. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency filed formal accusations last week against Armstrong that could strip the cyclist of his seven Tour de France victories. Armstrong denies any doping.

Clemens, 49, was acquitted Monday on all six counts that he lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs. The government had been pursuing him since 2007, when he was first mentioned in the Mitchell Report on drug use in baseball, and he famously and vehemently disavowed any link to steroids and human growth hormone at a nationally televised hearing in 2008.

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As for the forensic technicians and pathologists, who would be providing succinct detailed information in order to assist the jury in their deliberations but specifically those working in conjunction with the prosecution . It may well have been the details provided were simply too flawed . Certainly, McNamee’s own testimony, as he gathered blooded syringes and gauzes that contained Clemens’ DNA . These specimens were stored in a used soda can, then placed in a refrigerator, and turned over to the federal prosecutors. . Now unless I am mistaken either the US District Attorneys presenting the government’s case are novices or they obtained law degrees from an offshore non-accredited educational establishment . How in God’s name , could the attorneys have felt that they present the premise of tainted blooded specimens , would be a veritable way of stating the state’s case was simply beyond me . This prosecution was a cluster-fuck from start to finish , and anyone who thinks otherwise has to be a complete frigging simpleton ! Rusty Harden stymied the prosecution’s attempt with regard to Brian McNamee’s testimony by calling McNamee’s ex-wife , retired schoolteacher Eileen McNamee , whose testimony painted her ex -husband as an individual who simply cannot be trusted to tell the truth under any circumstance . And McNamee under cross-examination , first by Rusty Hardin and then by Harden’s associate Mark Attanasio showed the prosecution’s chief witness to be fallible and unable to recollect certain actions that followed a chronological timeline that matched the chain of events he first gave under sworn testimony . If that was not a harbinger of things to come and why the Justice Department’s case went up in flames for a second time . Then, it shows how complacent the attorneys were , and how they grossly mishandled the judicious prosecution of this less than compelling case. Is there a ham sandwich that these assholes could possibly indict ?

How the MLB hierarchy now views this as well as the writers of the BBWAA , who are the arbiters for the Baseball Hall of Fame and who have the final say on the player’s eligibility and enshrinement . It now has me now asking , is there a possibility Clemens gets his wish after-all in being enshrined in the Hall of Fame ? . Vindication or not , Roger Clemens to my mind faces an uphill battle as he seeks his enshrinement in the game’s most hallowed edifice . None of his philanthropic efforts and social deeds will change the public’s perception of Clemens. This whole episode has left a vast blemish on the game of baseball and certainly Bud Selig for all of his idiocy as the commissioner has stayed as far away from this drama as one would avoid a piece of fecal matter on the ground . The commissioner to my mind still remains the worst of all of the individuals to have held the game’s highest executive position ! There are those who still support Selig fully after his two decades in office as the commissioner of baseball . He still remains the consummate buffoon , and to comprehend that , one simply has look at his actions in the aftermath of the overturning of Ryan Braun’s 50 game suspension by an arbitrator (Shyam Das) . The player was said to have violated the league’s substance abuse policy but when details came to the fore , that the testing facility that handled Braun’s specimen did not follow the proper and stringent protocols as laid out by baseball’s hierarchy. We had Bud Selig and a subordinate Rob Manfred claiming that Shyam Das failed to follow the rule of law in rendering a verdict .

Unless I am mistaken , but Selig’s knowledge of the law , ranks somewhere alongside his business acumen and the fact that his dumb ass was oblivious to nefarious and egregious actions of Frank McCourt as the former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers . Somehow , fans are all too quick to forget that in 2011 for two consecutive months , it happened to be the MLB hierarchy , with the owners’ approval , who had to “ foot the bill” and pay the salaries of the players as well as meet other discretionary monetary expenditures for the once beleaguered franchise . So much of this has been overlooked , with Dodgers having been sold to a consortium led by Magic Johnson , Stan Kasten , Peter Guber , Mark Walter and Todd S Boehly of asset management firm Guggenheim Partners LLC . That extortionate price of $2.15 billion may not be viewed as too steep a price to pay but the value of the teams within baseball having risen exponentially , faster than the rate of inflation . One can well understand why there might now be several team owners around the game who are licking their lips with a great deal of avarice . John Moores , as the senior managing partner of the San Diego Padres would like nothing better than to sell his majority stake in the franchise for a sizable profit .

With USADA (US Anti-Doping Agency) now seeking to indict seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong , it now appears that Eric Holder’s office will now get one more bite of the apple in seeking to indict another renowned athlete . And that is dependent upon whether or not the USADA seeks to work in conjunction with the US Justice Department in the prosecution of this impending case . From my own perspective I find cycling to be one monotonous bore with its governing body UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) simply chasing their own tail for over a decade as they try to clean up their sport . Never mind the fact that the Summer’s two most important events as it relates to the sport are but a few months away with the 2012 Tour de France and Summer Olympics in London with the time trials and the prestigious road races for both the men and women at the Olympic Games . The stain of shame has yet to hit the women’s events . With former contestants in cycling’s most famous race , Alberto Contador , Floyd Landis and now Armstrong having to defend their honor . Well , let us just say , whether or not Lance Armstrong chooses to defend himself against the allegations now being leveled against him . It will be interesting to see the stance that will be taken by the seven-time champion. Armstrong has always fervently denied any wrongdoing on his part , and has always pointed to the fact that has never tested positive for any banned substance while in competition over the course of his professional career. In light of this there has been growing suspicion of the cyclist as well as his former team manager Johan Bruyneel , as well as a number of his former teammates . Landis , a former Armstrong teammate , himself, a former winner of the Tour de France , was stripped of the title after it was discovered that he used EPO (erythropoietin) and a number of illicit substances on his way to that “ now infamous “ and tarnished victory . Floyd Landis has maintained that Armstrong was part of a cabal of cyclists under the tutelage of Bruyneel that used steroids and other illicit substances to boost their endurance levels . In addition , to backing up Landis’ claims were those Tyler Hamilton , who in a sworn affidavit detailed his use of EPO and the fact that he and Armstrong shared a strict regimen in the use of steroids as well as the aforementioned blood thinner .

Hamilton has never been the subject of a defamation , slander or libel lawsuit brought about by Lance Armstrong , so it begs the question who should we believe in this instance ? If the multiple Tour de France winner is adamant as to his innocence , it seems somewhat disingenuous on his part that he has not sought to issue a lawsuit against his former teammate . I can only surmise that Armstong’s legal team may well have something to hide while they seek some avenue of tacit defense . As to the jurisprudence , and the very fact that millions of dollars have been wasted on two cases that has shown the US Justice Department to be filled with buffoons ! Eric Holder , the US Attorney General has shown himself to be as incompetent as several members of this President’s …. administration . Somehow , it is beyond the scope of Holder’s office to go after white-collar criminals on Wall St , who almost brought the nation to its’ knees during the financial crisis , and meltdown that has cost the taxpayers countless billions but yet his office has chased after the likes of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens , with little tangible to show for it at all in the end . Barry Bonds who still awaits sentencing , is unlikely to be given a jail sentence but he may well be penalized with a possible sentence of “ house arrest “ along with multiple hours of community service . Is this really how inadequate and idiotic the US Justice System has become , with their being complete incompetency , being shown by attorneys representing the US government and as such the nation ? In doing so , they have made themselves look like complete assholes !

Not one senior financial executive has been indicted in the last four years , for the egregious wrongdoing that has taken place at Goldman Sachs , Citigroup Inc , JP Morgan Chase , AIG , Morgan Stanley Inc , Bank of America Inc and the now defunct Merrill Lynch . Care to take a guess when and if , Eric Holder’s office will ever set their sights on the high-rollers of Wall Street ? Here’s a clue that is not about to happen in the lead up to a prominent election cycle where both Presidential candidates ( Barack Obama & Mitt Romney ) will try to portray themselves as the guardians of the consumers’ interests , while surreptitiously taking the “ tens of millions dollars” that will be donated to their respective campaigns in the upcoming elections . Freedom of speech , my ass ! Money corrupts , and the ingrates on both sides of the political aisle will do whatever it takes to curry favor with demagogues of Wall Street .

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(1) Former all-star baseball pitcher Roger Clemens (C) and his legal team, including attorneys Rusty Hardin (2nd R) and Michael Attanasio (L), leave the Prettyman U.S. Court House after Clemens was found not guilty on 13 counts of perjury and obstruction June 18, 2012 in Washington, DC. The former Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees pitcher’s original trial in 2011 was declared a mistrial after the judge said the prosecution presented inadmissible testimony that prejudiced the jury. A seven-time Cy Young Award winner, Clemens was on trial for making false statements, perjury and obstructing Congress when he testified about steroid use during a February 2008 inquiry by the House Oversight and Government Affairs . Chip Smodevilla / Getty Images …

(2) Former all-star baseball pitcher Roger Clemens (C) and his legal team, including attorneys Rusty Hardin (R) and Michael Attanasio (L), leave the Prettyman U.S. Court House after Clemens was found not guilty on 13 counts of perjury and obstruction June 18, 2012 in Washington, DC. The former Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees pitcher’s original trial in 2011 was declared a mistrial after the judge said the prosecution presented inadmissible testimony that prejudiced the jury. A seven-time Cy Young Award winner, Clemens was on trial for making false statements, perjury and obstructing Congress when he testified about steroid use during a February 2008 inquiry by the House Oversight and Government Affairs. Getty Images North America / Chip Smodevilla

(3) Brian McNamee (L), former major league baseball pitcher Roger Clemens’ former strength coach, leaves after testifying in the perjury and obstruction trial of Clemens on May 14, 2012 in Washington, DC. McNamee says he injected the pitcher multiple times with steroids and HGH . Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images ….

(4) US Federal Court Judge Reggie Walton who presided over the Roger Clemens’ perjury trial often chided the prosecution throughout much of the trial , with regard to evidentiary presentations and also with regard to prosecutorial misconduct . AP Photo / Garth Hayes ….

(5) Lance Armstrong (left) the seven-time Tour de France champion (1998-04) is seen here with his then team manager Johan Bruyneel of the US Postal Cycling team . Bruyneel , himself a former competitive cyclist has always declared and maintained his innocence , in terms of any illicit wrongdoing concerning the teams he has managed and specifically his professional association with Lance Armstrong. Reuters/ AFP/ Gesellschaft Gmbh/ TAG: . ….

(6) From left to right , Tyler Hamilton , Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis . All three riders have come under the web of suspicion by UCI , the governing body of international cycling . But only the now disgraced Landis has been caught “cheating ” . The racer was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title . @ all rights reserved copyrighted material . Luis Barbosa ….

(7) U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (L) addresses an event to launch the U.S. International Strategy for Cyberspace with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (R) and Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building May 16, 2011 in Washington, DC. Foreign ambassadors, technology industry leaders, foreign policy experts, human rights and civil liberties advocates, and leadership from throughout the U.S. Government participated in the event. It has been at Holder’s authority in conjunction with the various heads within his agency who make the decisions to press ahead with a number of trials involving Barry Bonds , Roger Clemens , Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery in recent years. Of the quartet mentioned , only Jones and Montgomery have to date served any time in a federal penitentiary for their crimes . Getty Images North America / Chip Smodevilla ….

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