Floyd Landis Has Had A Bad Day

On what is obviously already the most difficult day of his professional life, it must be nice for cyclist Floyd Landis to know that the people closest to him in his life totally have his back.

Arlene Landis, his mother, said Thursday that she wouldn't blame her son if he was taking medication to treat the pain in his injured hip, but "if it's something worse than that, then he doesn't deserve to win. I didn't talk to him since that hit the fan, but I'm keeping things even keel until I know what the facts are," she told The Associated Press in a phone interview from her home in Farmersville, Pennsylvania. "I know that this is a temptation to every rider but I'm not going to jump to conclusions ... It disappoints me."

Hey, thanks, mom!

Our favorite angle to this, by the way, is one cyling analyst John Eustice brought up on Dan Patrick's radio show. According to ESPN.com, Eustice " thinks Floyd Landis' testosterone test could be a false positive. Landis' testosterone levels were low; just the ratio was off. Landis' cortisone shots or beer drinking could affect that."

If Landis ends up losing the Tour de France for drinking beer ... well, shoot, we think that's worth it, doggone it.

Landis Had Positive Test After Stage 17 [ESPN]
Floyd Landis About To Become Decidedly Less Popular [Deadspin]

(UPDATE: Landis is officially denying any malfeasance.)