December 21, 2009, - 5:47 pm
Pro athletes always whine that they’re treated unfairly. But they are well compensated for the microscope on their lives. And some of the things pro athletes get away with are just absurd.
If you tested positive for drugs, do you think you could get away with the cocaine kiss alibi? French tennis pro, Richard Gasquet, who tested positive for coke, did.
French tennis player Richard Gasquet was cleared of any wrongdoing Thursday when the Court of Arbitration for Sport accepted his claim that he tested positive for cocaine by kissing a woman in a nightclub.
The CAS dismissed appeals by the World Anti-Doping Agency and International Tennis Federation, which wanted Gasquet banned for up to two years.
“I’m absolutely relieved. This is the end of a crazy story,” Gasquet said. “I’m happy to be 100% cleared.”
The court in Lausanne, Switzerland, accepted Gasquet’s claim that he inadvertently consumed cocaine by kissing the woman in a Miami club hours after withdrawing injured from a tournament in March.
“It was impossible for the player, even when exercising the utmost caution, to know that in kissing a woman who he had met in a totally unsuspicious environment, he could be contaminated with cocaine,” the court said in a statement.
A CAS panel of three lawyers said the quantity of the drug in Gasquet’s urine test was “minute” and the 23-year-old Frenchman was “clearly not a regular cocaine user.”
“The possibility of contamination became the most plausible explanation,” CAS said.
What–they’ve never heard of recreational users of coke? What planet do they live on?
So, they let this tennis player, who probably did coke once or twice before the test, get away with this ridiculous cocaine kiss alibi.
Yup, the O.J. Simpson murder trial jury continues to find work.
Folks, don’t try this excuse if you test positive for drugs at work. Here’s a tip: it won’t work. And, unlike Richard Gasquet, you’ll be out of a job.
If I’m ever on trial for murder, remind me to make sure I’m “judged” by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
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