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KING: Floyd Landis is a talented American cyclist stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title after a drug test came back positive. And now, there's a French warrant out for arrest in connection with the suspected hacking of an anti-doping lab center -- or computer, rather.
Dr. Brent Kay is the executive director of Outsports Medical Center. He's also Floyd Landis' doctor, treating him for a hip injury.
First, quickly, Floyd, do you feel any kinship with Tiger Woods being a celebrity in the public spotlight, even though he's not under a warrant?
FLOYD LANDIS, AMERICAN CYCLIST: Well, I do feel for him, yes. I know what it's like to be on the adverse side of the press and it's not fun. So I -- I wish him the best.
KING: All right, now, what does this mean?
You can't go to France?
If you go to France, you'll be arrested?
LANDIS: You know, Larry, I don't really know all that much about what's going on. I know mostly what everyone else has read in the press. And just to be -- to be really clear about a couple of things that I think have been misreported, for one thing, at no time -- I mean and from the outset of case, we spent hundreds of hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars just trying to get access to the documents from this lab.
But at no time during any of these hearings did we ever use any document that wasn't provided to us directly from the lab.
KING: You never tapped into a computer illegally?
LANDIS: I wouldn't know how to do that, first of all. But, secondly, there's been an assertion by the -- by the lab director, Mr. Bordry, that at some point in -- in these hearings, we somehow used some documents that we obtained in some other way in my defense. And that's just a -- that's just plain not true.
KING: And you're completely denying it?
LANDIS: Well, it's on the record. I mean that's the -- the one thing about -- some of these things, I can't -- I can't speak to, because I don't know. But I do know that on the record in these hearings is the fact we never used anything like that.
KING: And who -- Arnie -- Arnie Baker is your co-cycling colleague right?
He's also under indictment, apparently and there's a warrant out for him, too?
LANDIS: Yes. These big words -- indictments and warrants. I really don't know anything about that.
KING: All right. We asked the French anti-doping agency, AFLD, to comment on the Landis story. We were told AFLD's president does not want to answer questions about a case now before French justice.
We were given this statement, which we have translated, reading, in part: "On November 7, November -- on the 7th of November, 2006, AFLD filed a complaint for hacking into the computer system of the national anti-dope laboratory. The judge who's handling this complaint has summoned Floyd Landis, who, to this day, has not replied to him. AFLD has no comments on this case until a verdict has been reached."
Why haven't you replied, Floyd?
LANDIS: I've never been contacted.
KING: You've never been contacted?
LANDIS: Just -- no. I've never been served any sort of warrant. This is all news to me.
KING: So you're replying tonight by saying you didn't do any anti-doping, right?
LANDIS: I did not do hacking.
KING: Or any hacking?
KING: Nor did you do any doping, you deny that?
LANDIS: I don't think they did any anti-doping either, but.
KING: You deny doping, too, right?
LANDIS: Absolutely, yes.
KING: So you're denying everything here.
KING: What's your position on this, Dr. Kay?
DR. BRENT KAY, FLOYD LANDIS' PHYSICIAN: Well, I think there's a number of things. I mean, it -- it's crazy that he's never been served a warrant, that he's never been notified and, yet, at the same time, this lab director is stating, you know, that -- that he is under indictment.
And the other, you know, big issue is that Floyd was the first athlete to ever make his anti-doping case public. All these documents are out there. Everything that we obtained through discovery, through the U.S. Anti-Doping Association is everything that we used to the trial. It's everything that, you know, we presented in a public format. And it's all still out there. It's still out there for everyone to see.
And when you go through all the documents we used in the trial and otherwise, you'll find that everything was provided to us from the (INAUDIBLE).
KING: So what do you make of these charges?
KAY: Well, I think it's a matter -- it's a means for them to go after Dr. Baker, who did a tremendous amount of work in Floyd's defense. It's another means to try to make Floyd look bad, particularly in light of the fact that their star witness this week was convicted of drug trafficking. You saw the star witness that they used to testify against Floyd in his hearing was convicted in federal court this -- this week of drug trafficking. And this is the person that they used, you know, to say that Floyd utilized these different products during the Tour de France.
KING: Simply put, Floyd, why don't you just go to Paris, answer the warrant?
Have you received the warrant?
LANDIS: That's what I'm trying to tell you.
LANDIS: No, I haven't received anything.
KING: You haven't received anything?
KING: Did you -- where -- if you received it, would you go?
LANDIS: I would have to see what it says. I mean, I -- from what I can figure out by reading what I see in the press, it's a -- it's some sort of warrant for a failure to appear in the first place. And I...
KING: And you never...
LANDIS: -- I was never told to appear in the first place.
LANDIS: I would be glad to answer questions. I don't know that I would be able to pay for myself to go to France for a week to do so.
KING: But tonight, you flatly deny, one, ever doping, right?
KING: You're saying that. And, two, ever tapping into a computer, which you would not know how to do?
LANDIS: I'm sorry, I shouldn't laugh, but...
KAY: I can tell you for sure, he couldn't do that.
KING: I couldn't.
So that's what he's apparently charged with, right?
KAY: That's what's in the press.
KING: And the title was taken away?
LANDIS: It was taken away by the -- by the very lab that's making these allegation. And it's odd to me, again, Larry, even more so now, having read the statement they made to you. The reason the story is out there in the first place is because of an assertion made by this very lab that now says they don't have a comment. So they started this story and now they don't want to comment on it. And I'm here to defend myself and I've been put in the position again, once again, where I have to defend myself.
KING: I'm going to have you back.
LANDIS: Thanks, Larry. KING: If you go to France, we'll tag along, too.
LANDIS: All right.
KING: Dr. Kay, thanks for coming by.
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