Quote Of The Day
“Yesterday Alberto Salazar broke 3 weeks of silence to respond to the BBC/ProPublica investigation of doping at the Nike Oregon Project. Although Salazar promised he would show that the allegations against him are ‘false,’ his statements actually confirm what I witnessed and what I told to the BBC/ProPublica reporters in their documentary last month. … He offered excuses for each of these actions including many of the far-fetched rationalizations he originally told as well as a few new ones. But he does not dispute the fact that they happened – a very strange way of proving them ‘false.’
Unfortunately Salazar has also adopted the tactic of character assassination against myself, against Kara and Adam Goucher, and against the growing number of athletes and coaches who have shared what we witnessed at the Oregon Project under his direction. Having debated in my mind for the past two years over the ramifications for coming forward against such a powerful figure, I knew that this was almost a certainty.
Since leaving Nike, this fear has been realized and demonstrated on many occasions … Salazar cornering me in the athlete warm-up area and asking whom I’d been talking to and if I saw anything while at Nike. It’s humbling to say, but during my time at NOP, I didn’t have the guts to go against the company line in public.
I’m tired of living in fear of threats, having to avoid questions, and always having this lingering cloud of what I witnessed over my head. So I decided to speak about my experiences and gave accurate details of what I encountered to a trustworthy and reputable news organization. The point in all of this, we all can dig through emails and construct a narrative that fits our agenda, but it’s about asking why we delve into the realms of sport that are potentially against the rules and the spirit of the sport. I can only report what I saw and experienced. The same can be said with numerous other individuals who have come forward. I thank the others who have showed incredible courage and determination in taking a stance for clean sport. While it is incredibly intimidating and no doubt will result in your reputation being attacked, at least you can walk away with a clean conscience.”
– Excerpt from a passionate rebuttal issued by Steve Magness to Alberto Salazar‘s Open Letter. Magness has risked his entire career by coming forward in the name of clean sport. Kara Goucher also issued a brief statement (more to come after USAs for her). Discuss Magness’ statement on the message board: Steve Magness Issues Passionate Rebuttal To Alberto Salazar’s Open Letter.
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