What do you think about all the details in the emails?
I think if anyone browses the internet or the news groups of anyone’s Wikipedia page, that timeline is easy to put together. I could have made it even juicier. Some of it is off, obviously thetiming and the dates are off again, if you saw the rest of the emails that we have it speaksvolumes to his mental state, and, the time of the day that he sent it, I don’t need to fill you guysin on people’s habits or lifestyles.
Did you contact him after he was emailing you?
It started a couple of years ago and as texts and I wrote him back after a while. Johan can speak more about what he wanted from the team but after a few of them they got to be so annoying thatI wrote him back and said, ‘Floyd leave me alone. Do what you have to do, I’m going to be fine,don’t worry about me but you have to stop texting me, annoying me, you have to stop harassingme.’
Did you see him at the Tour of the Gila?
(small stage race in New Mexico last month)I saw him every day at the Tour of the Gila. Not one word was said. It was ironic because notone word would be said to any of us during the race. We heard stories about him talking tohimself. But we would get home and all of a sudden we would have these emails from him atnight. Strange.
Why do you think he chose to send the emails now?
I think the timing of the race is obvious. As I mentioned, he didn’t get in the race. To be honest, Iwas surprised that it didn’t come up in Sacramento. We were all fully expecting it to come outthen. These emails have been out for quite some time.
Will you be taking legal action?
No, my days of legal action are over. Legal action takes time energy and a lot of money. I havesued a few people in my day and have been successful there in proving my innocence. But, Idon’t need to do that anymore. My energy needs to be devoted to the team, to Livestrong, to mykids. I’m not going to waste time on that.
Will you cooperate with a Federal Prosecutor if they investigate this?
Do you think this will affect the rest of the season, the Tour of California or the Tour deFrance?
It’s definitely news and juicy, but at the end of the day bike fans are going to see the peopletalked about here, myself, Levi, Zabriskie, George, Johan, they know the truth.