Lan­dis’ for­mer man­ager apol­o­gizes for phone call

Los Angeles Times - - Sports -

Floyd Lan­dis’ for­mer busi­ness man­ager apol­o­gized Fri­day for mak­ing an anony­mous phone call to for­mer Tour de France cham­pion Greg LeMond the night be­fore LeMond tes­ti­fied against Lan­dis in a dop­ing ap­peal hear­ing. LeMond had claimed that he re­garded the call, which al­luded to LeMond’s hav­ing been sex­u­ally abused as a child, to be a threat in­tended to keep him from tes­ti­fy­ing.

Will Geoghe­gan, the Lan­dis aide, was fired by the Amer­i­can cy­clist Thurs­day af­ter­noon, soon af­ter the call was dis­closed by LeMond on the wit­ness stand.

“I apol­o­gize to Greg LeMond and his fam­ily for the dis­tress I caused by my call,” Geoghe­gan said in a state­ment re­leased by a Los An­ge­les law firm. He added, “I acted on my own, im­pul­sively, af­ter a beer or two.”

LeMond said Thurs­day that he in­tended to seek crim­i­nal charges against Geoghe­gan, al­though it was un­clear what laws may have been vi­o­lated.

Dis­clo­sure of the call raised fears in Lan­dis’ camp that con­trib­u­tors to his de­fense fund might be scared off. His fundrais­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion, the Floyd Fair­ness Fund, sent a let­ter to con­trib­u­tors Fri­day la­bel­ing the call “dis­tress­ing and deeply ab­hor­rent” to the de­fense team. It also said Geoghe­gan “had no for­mal role” with the fund and had not been paid out of donors’ funds.

In tes­ti­mony Thurs­day, LeMond said Lan­dis had im­plic­itly con­fessed to us­ing drugs dur­ing a phone con­ver­sa­tion last sum­mer, shortly af­ter the Tour.

Lan­dis has de­nied us­ing any per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs and is ap­peal­ing the find­ings of a Paris lab that re­ported he tested pos­i­tive for il­licit testos­terone.

— Michael A. Hiltzik

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