Well, file this under "news of the weird". Whiskey maker Jeremiah Weed is demanding an apology from Floyd Landis for blaming his 2006 testosterone positive at the Tour de France on drinking too much whiskey the night before the test.
From PR Newswire:
Jeremiah Weed Bourbon Whiskey Demands Apology From Floyd Landis
"Weed Does Not Cause a False Positive" Says Brand Namesake
WEED, Ky., May 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, Jeremiah Weed, the original Southern Gentleman and proud father of Jeremiah Weed Bourbon Whiskey and Cherry Mash Bourbon Whiskey, publicly demanded a formal apology from shamed cyclist Floyd Landis for falsely blaming whiskey as a possible cause of his positive test for synthetic testosterone in 2006, which resulted in the stripping of his 2006 Tour de France champion title.
"In light of Mr. Landis' recent admission that the cause of his positive test was indeed a result of his use of performance-enhancing drugs, I believe he owes the world of whiskey a formal apology for his careless defamation of our passion," says Jeremiah Weed. "Jeremiah Weed is a brand built on Southern Hospitality and good, clean fun. I said it then and I'll say it now -- Weed does not cause a false positive."
Mr. Weed further stated, "When Floyd Landis' camp made those allegations in 2006, we didn't know how whiskey consumers would react. Luckily, our loyal consumers were able to see through Landis's statements and continued to enjoy our Bourbon Whiskey and Cherry Mash Flavored Bourbon Whiskey. "
Jeremiah Weed recognizes how many individuals and groups were affected by Landis' allegations in 2006, as well as his recent choice to "come clean." The brand also recognizes that others in the sport may be tempted to blame whiskey should further positive drug tests come to light.
"Hopefully professional racing cyclists will think twice before trying to place blame for their transgressions on whiskey," said Mr. Weed. "But for those who try to besmirch our industry in the future, you're more than welcome to join me in my backyard to debate the issue while we sip some of the best whiskey our country has to offer -- responsibly of course."
Mr. Weed frequently speaks on the responsible use of his products and all alcohol beverages. He said that responsible consumption of alcohol is essential and that it is important that underage persons not have access to alcohol. His comments on responsible drinking can be viewed on You-Tube and on his website www.jeremiahweed.com.
ABOUT JEREMIAH WEED
Jeremiah Weed Blended Bourbon Whiskey is a 90 proof bourbon whiskey brought to the public by Mr. Jeremiah Weed, the original Southern gentleman. Born of a long Southern and Kentucky distilling tradition, Jeremiah Weed utilizes only the highest quality ingredients for a taste we think you'll find second to none. You can learn more about Jeremiah Weed Blended Bourbon Whiskey, Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea, Jeremiah Weed Cherry Mash Flavored Blended Bourbon Whiskey, Jeremiah Weed Country Peach Sweet Tea, Jeremiah Weed Bourbon Liqueur and "The Legend" Mr. Jeremiah Weed himself at www.jeremiahweed.com or www.facebook.com/jeremiahweed. Mr. Weed reminds you to please drink responsibly.
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