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Thank you for [Benner’s Sept. 3] commentary on Lance Armstrong. I could not believe my ears when Travis Tygart of the United States Anti-Doping Agency announced something of the sort of “since Lance Armstrong will not prove himself innocent, we must find him guilty…”

For some strange reason, since we live in America, I thought that a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty. At least that is what I have been told each time I have served on a jury—I guess those judges did not know the real rules.

As a sports follower for nearly 70 years, I feel as though we have gone back to the days of Avery Brundage when he played judge, jury and God to all the American athletes, and he decided who was good (amateur) and who was bad (not amateur, at least in America).

The USADA should rename itself the USSR-ADA.


John Long

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