I'm curious about what you all think about naming names in discussion of doping controversies in sport.
I'm in full agreement w/ folks who are outraged at the UCI for violating their protocols and leak information, especially names, before B samples are verified. Should we hold ourselves to the same standard? Is it a classless act to repeat rumors or unvalidated infomation?
I'm not sure that it is, but I also don't like the way it feels to post things that are potentially harmful to someone's reputation. My gut feeling is not to make claims beyond what can be verified, but even that can seen as being a rat. (Carmichael's out of court settlement and Riis' medical data from Geweiss come to mind)
What makes me want to post such things is the hypocritical approach and bald lies that some of the accused and their defense teams spread in the press. Plus, it helps defend those who are unfortunate enough to get caught from being portrayed as scapegoats who are responsible for the entire problem. (i.e., Pantani, who was rightfully banned and disgraced but was also probably right that he was unfairly singled out.)
On the other hand, I have the utmost respect for Jonathan Vaughters, who works very hard to build a clean future for cycling. (Or at least I pray to every available goddess, god, juju or ancestral fetish that he is.) JV has been frank while steadfastly refusing to name names. Perhaps he is just doing what he has to do to work in the business? (I don't blame him for disavowing the private IM conversation that Andreu logged and gave to the court.) Is his model the one to follow? Be clear that there is a real problem with doping but absolutely refuse to be specific about the nature of the problem or implicate any riders or teams?
What is the correct behavior on a cycling blog: the honest pursuit of truth and debunking lies in hope of exposing rot and building a clean future? Or is it respecting the privacy and presumed innocence of the accused? On the one hand the risk is violating privacy and defaming character, on the other the risk is allow liars to spin without contradiction. So I leave this question for you all: is naming names or posting rumors a necessary step to clear the air, or is spitting in the soup a classless activity for fans as well as for pros?