I believe Salazar and I'm one of the most skeptical people in the world when it comes to drugs. I think the extent of their shadiness is likely with the thyroid meds... outside of that, doubt there is anything going on. And, as I recall, the thyroid meds were specifically looked at by WADA and specifically cleared. So no problem there despite how much people want to make it into a big deal.
HOWEVER, unfortunately, Salazar can't win this argument. Nike and Lance were synonymous with one another. Remember his last tours, post retirement? I said, "no way he is doping. He's already won 5 tours, is older, has retired, his focus is on his charity and he has gotten away with doping for so long despite intense focus on him, why risk getting caught now? He 100% has to be clean post-retirement because why sully his reputation after barely escaping going down so many times?"
It didn't make sense. It made no sense for lance, for Livestrong, for Nike. Yet he did it.
It shows that when it comes to competing at the highest levels, rationale thought goes out the window. It goes so far out the window the person knows its not rationale, will tell someone directly to their face, "what I am doing makes no sense because I have everything to lose and nearly nothing to gain", and understand that to be 100% the case, but will do it anyway. I think its probably some sort of problem in the same vein as an addiction problem.
Not saying this is Alberto. I don't think it is. But, the point is, he will never be able to convince anyone after the lies from so many.
If you're ARod, after everything, or Ryan Braun, don't you thank your lucky stars that you got off scott free and then make sure you never dope again? Would make sense, right?