I like mine long wrote:
I see three plausible scenarios for SKINS employee Michael Spheinchter:
1. He was in on the con from the very beginning, and was promised a payout from RY. It would be easy to keep this from his managers.
2. He's young and impressionable. During the early days of the run there was some sharing of sausage, and RY and Dustbin then blackmailed him: participate in our scam or we'll show the world these pictures of your bratwurst. The Brits would have obviously planned this in advance. It may even be their standard procedure for these long events.
3. The con goes all the way to the top of SKINS, and Michael was simply the fall guy for if something went wrong. In which case he'd probably be given a year's severance pay or some such to keep quiet about it.
Occam's Razor suggests that number 1 is the most likely. But these chaps have long proven that they're not afraid of bizarre scenarios.
Yeah I'm not understand the whole Michael thing. If I were him, I'd be doing some major throwing of people under the bus right about now.
He's in a tough spot. He needs to show the running community that they value integrity and openness. Similarly, he needs to show other Skins athletes (or more importantly, potential athletes) that they wont be tossed aside when users at some random internet forum have a bone to pick. From an outside perspective, to someone not as familiar with the running community, this could look like they are caving to a few disgruntled forum members.