In all fairness, Michael Ball did not actually say win or you’re fired.
He said I didn’t hire you to finish second or third. Or, presumably, tenth.
“I never told Bahati he would be fired,” Ball said. “The bottom line was this: I told Bahati, ‘I didn’t hire you for second or third, I hired you to win. You have got a month to win.
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Sure, it sounds the same to me. But what do I know?
And there is a whole lot more on this train wreck over at cyclingnew.com today. Some juicy bits below:
Several companies told Cyclingnews that they experienced inconsistent treatment from Michael Ball and Rock Racing. Indeed, the musical chairs it has played with bike sponsors in the past six months is the most salient example. For the 2007 season, Rock Racing was riding Scott bicycles. According to Adrian Montgomery of Scott USA, the team was slated to ride Scott bikes again in 2008. “We had an agreement, but not a contract, for the 2007 and 2008 season,” said Montgomery. “I couldn’t get a good contract … he (Ball) has to be able to opt out of anything.”
Montgomery indicated that Ball had “good lawyers” and as such, he found the legal process difficult. He said his experience was “the same thing he is doing with his athletes”.
… Adrian Montgomery said that all indications are pointing towards an inevitable outcome for the team. “It became very evident after dealing with them that they just were not getting it,” he said. “And nothing I could do was going to help. It’s more fun to watch it now in the media.”
“No other bike sponsor is ending up with anything positive,” Montgomery added. “And then the next step is for him to go make it all himself.”
Tick, tick, tick.by