Transcript of LeMond's impromptu press conference
Below is a transcript of Greg LeMond's remarks in an impromptu press conference held in the hallway outside a courtroom after his testimony Thursday at the Floyd Landis arbitration hearing:
"The guy who threatened me last night, as I was leaving, admitted that he called me and tried to apologize. I plan on pursuing this through police. It was a real threat and it was very, I hate to say it, creepy. I think it shows the extent of who he is."
Question from reporter: Why do you think he did it?
"I mean, I think they didn't want me coming here today. I don't know why. If you didn't do anything wrong, what would you object for me to be here?
"I think if you read what he posted about me, I think there's another side of Floyd the public has not seen. I was shocked last night. Absolutely shaking and shocked. I just think the comprehension of his team about sexual abuse, and people who were victims of sexual abuse, is absolutely reprehensible. It shows the extent of either their ignorance, their lack of intelligence or who they really are. They are not good people.
"It's fully on record what he told me. And you can take what you want from that. Basically, I was asked to show up here about my conversation with Floyd. Floyd assumed that I breached some secret pact we had and I never breached any pact. I wanted truly for this to go through the legal system and USADA and this arbitration and let the science and everything come out about the right or wrong.
"You hear a lot of these athletes saying we should take down USADA, we should take down WADA, we should get rid of the UCI, and today I say that thank God there's WADA and USADA. Because we all know what's happening to the sport of cycling. I love cycling. I care passionately about cycling. My son just got into bike riding last year. He's got me riding again. He's racing collegiate races. We're going to the Tour de France this year to ride the L'Etape du Tour [a day when amateurs get to ride a stage of the Tour a day or so ahead of the race]. I can just imagine my son entering a professional race today and being faced with the choice of either you dope or you don't.
"I had a legal reason I didn't answer things about Lance Armstrong. That's been fairly common knowledge for many years, that's why I didn't answer. What he was trying to do was trying to portray me as [having] an ulterior motive. I put my whole bike company and my business at risk for standing up for proper ethics and honesty, and I wish more people would do this in the sport of cycling. The sport is paying the price for the dishonesty and lies. The lies are starting to tumble. The house of cards is cracking and it's coming down. I think it's a good thing for cycling. I think the Tour de France is an incredible event and I think that as this culture and this generation of the past gets cleansed and they really, really attack the issue of doping ... [LeMond doesn't finish thought]
"When I hear people say you can't win the Tour de France without doping, I did. And if everybody starts clean from point A to point B, you're gonna have a winner crossing the finish line and I could tell you it would be more exciting. So, I'm just here because I really believe in finding out the truth of what's going on in cycling.
"Nobody owns me. Nobody in the world of cycling ... there's been a lot of people who do not want to look at the truth of what's going on in cycling because of economics. I've had an economic fallout. If they're trying to say I have an economic reason, I've had an economic fallout. I don't really care because I'm not someone who can be bought off, silenced. I'm doing what's right, and what I felt was right was coming here and telling the truth."
Bonnie DeSimone is a frequent contributor to ESPN.com.
ESPN TOP HEADLINES
- 3 Hawks make ASG; Cousins, Lillard left out
- No. 4 Duke dismisses junior guard Sulaimon
- Player: Seahawks miffed over HGH tests
- Tiger struggles to 2 over in 1st tourney of '15
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's case against Tour de France winner Floyd Landis started Monday. Bonnie DeSimone gives you the ins and outs of the arbitration hearing.
• Testimony returns to science
• Landis defense disputes data
• Landis' ex-manager enters rehab
• What it all means
CAST OF CHARACTERS
• Who will be there, what roles they will play
THE CASE VS. LANDIS
• Breaking down the doping tests
AN ATHLETE'S STORY
• Ex-track star Reynolds knows Landis' plight
• Events since Landis' 2006 Tour de France win