Tyler Hamilton's lawyer, Howard Jacobs has criticised the International Cycling Union (UCI) for discussing details of the Hamilton case with Cyclingnews [see feature 'Wire in the blood': Part I, Part II] even though both sides had agreed not to talk to the press before the Court of Arbitration for Sport reaches its final decision.
"We are disappointed that the UCI has violated this agreement by providing case specifics to Cyclingnews.com," Jacobs said in an e-mail. Moreover, the Los Angeles based attorney stated that, by doing so, the UCI was trying to manipulate public opinion. "We are even more disappointed in the numerous inaccuracies cited by the UCI, in what appears to be a transparent attempt to mislead the public and garner support for a flawed test.
"The true facts will come out at the appropriate time," Jacobs continued. "For now, Tyler Hamilton will not respond to the UCI's deliberate attempt to harm him and his case. He will instead wait until the agreed upon time period to share the full context and numerous issues raised regarding this test and the charges against him."