Articles matching tag: PEDs
- Column: Deleting Track Records Would Set Dangerous PrecedentJune 22, 2017
Track and field’s longest-standing outdoor world record is in danger, but not from a contestant on the track. In 1983, Jarmila Kratochvilova of the Czech Republic, then part of what was called Czechoslovakia, ran the 800 meters in 1 minute 53.28 seconds, a record that stands to this day. Kratochvilova was 32 at the time, an age when most short-distance runners are beyond their prime. That’s why a group of European track officials, in a move some are calling an attempt to “restore credibility” to their sport, recommended last month that the sport’s global governing body void all world records set before 2005. That was the year when track and field began storing blood and urine samples for use in sophisticated drug screenings.
- Column: MLB's PEDs Policy A ConundrumMay 19, 2016
The 80-game suspension of Miami Marlins’ second baseman Dee Gordon for violating MLB’s drug policy may have set the stage for a discussion about the purpose of penalties: Deterrence or punishment? Like every other athlete who has ever tested positive Gordon issued the obligatory apology, saying he had no clue why the test results were positive and he had never knowingly ingested a tainted substance. Maybe he’s right, or maybe he’s lying. We may never know. There are so many chemicals in the food we eat and who-knows-what in the supplements most athletes consume that it’s possible, although highly unlikely given the substances found in Gordon’s sample, that he’s telling the truth. But here are four takeaways from Gordon’s suspension that we know to be absolutely true.
- Column: Sharapova Tests Positive For Banned SubstanceMarch 17, 2016
As drugs go, this one was at least easy to spell and easy to pronounce: Meldonium. But it is no less dangerous to an athlete than a drug that is difficult to pronounce and impossible to spell, like tetrahydrogestrinone, a drug that many athletes have been accused and/or convicted of taking, including former track star Marion Jones. If you don’t believe that, just ask Maria Sharapova. Last week Sharapova called a press conference to announce that she had failed a drug test for meldonium at the Australian Open. Meldonium, which was developed in Latvia decades ago, is used to treat ischemia, a lack of blood flow to an organ, and neurodegenerative disorders. Sharapova said she had been using the drug - with a doctor’s prescription - for over a decade to treat a magnesium deficiency. She also said her family had a history of diabetes.
- Column: A-Rod Admits to Using PEDsNovember 10, 2014
“He's a walkin' contradiction, partly truth, partly fiction.” The Pilgrim, Chapter 33 by Kris Kristofferson The Miami Herald reported last week that during a hearing with DEA investigators on January 29th, Rodriguez admitted buying PEDs from Tony Bosch, operator of the now defunct Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in South Florida. A-Rod also told investigators that he knew what he was taking – testosterone cream, gummies and hormone injections - was illegal and a violation of baseball's joint drug agreement. This is the same Alex Rodriguez who for two years had vehemently denied any involvement with Bosch or his clinic.
- Column: Is Drug Testing Futile?January 20, 2014
What should not be lost in the drama, rhetoric and legal maneuverings of the Alex Rodriguez saga is the uncontroverted fact that drug testing in sport doesn’t catch all the druggies. Regardless of whether you think A-Rod was railroaded by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and the league, got what he deserved, or fall somewhere in between, the testimony – and 60 Minutes interview – of Tony Bosch was eye-opening. Here is a man who is neither a chemist nor a licensed physician and yet was concocting what Travis Tygart, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO, told the Associated Press was "probably the most potent and sophisticated drug program developed for an athlete that we've ever seen." And yet A-Rod never failed a single drug test administered by MLB’s agents.
- Column: Five Facts About A-Rod's SuspensionJanuary 13, 2014
In the wake of MLB arbitrator Frederic Horowitz’ ruling that Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez should be suspended for the entire 2014 season, plus the postseason, here are five key facts about the decision. 1. Horowitz shaved 49 games off A-Rod’s original suspension of 211 games, subject to any playoff games the Yankees might be involved in this year. Nonetheless, it was the longest drug-related suspension in MLB history, exceeding the 105-game ban imposed on Miguel Tejada last year as a third time violator of the Joint Drug Agreement ban on amphetamines. The suspension will cost Rodriguez approximately $24 million in salary.
- Column: A-ROD Not Held AccountableAugust 12, 2013
For those who think Alex Rodriguez is finally being held accountable for his PED use, the reality is far different. By now you know that A-Rod received the longest PED-related suspension in MLB history, 211 games covering the remainder of this season and all of 2014. The previous high was the 100- game suspension that journeyman pitcher Guillermo Mota received as a second offender under the Joint Drug Agreement administered by MLB and the players’ union. A-Rod’s suspension puts the entire $100 million remaining on his contract – and indeed his career – in jeopardy. With so much at stake, it’s not surprising that A-Rod filed an appeal.
- Column: A-ROD SuspendedAugust 5, 2013
In the end, Bud Selig blinked…sort of. The MLB Commissioner wanted to ban Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez from baseball for life and it wasn’t just for A-Rod’s multiple – perhaps continuous - violations of the Joint Drug Agreement (JDA) between the owners and the players. Baseball had evidence that A-Rod recruited other players to the now defunct Biogenesis clinic in Miami that parceled out PEDs like they were tootsie rolls at an automobile convention. And after he realized that baseball’s investigators were hot on his trail, A-Rod obstructed the investigation by urging witnesses to change their story and purchasing documents that would have confirmed his guilt.
- Column: No More Druggies in MLB than in Other SportsJuly 15, 2013
A reader recently asked, “Is PED use more rampant in MLB than it is in other sports?” At first, the question surprised me as I know, instinctively, what the answer is. But the question made me wonder why anyone would raise the issue in the first place. The most obvious reason, given by the reader, was all the media coverage of PEDs in baseball. Certainly, more is written and said about the use of PEDs in MLB than in any other sport, save perhaps cycling which isn’t one of the major professional sports in this country. First, a little history concerning PEDs in baseball.
- Column: MLB's War on DrugsJune 10, 2013
You have to hand it to Bud Selig. The sometimes beleaguered MLB Commissioner, who is known for making decisions methodically, if at all, has been decidedly aggressive of late in an attempt to rid baseball of performance enhancing drugs. How Selig fares in his personal war on drugs may determine the commissioner’s legacy as he prepares to leave office at the end of 2014 when his current term is up. MLB’s latest salvo against PEDs began earlier this year when they brought suit against Tony Bosch, the former Miami clinic he owned, Biogenesis of America, and a number of other company officials. Although Bosch held himself out as a “Dr.,” he was nothing more than a quack, a small-time drug dealer who operated out of a run-down storefront in a low rent strip mall. His claim to fame was a connection to athletes, primarily baseball players, due to his location in South Florida. After an alternative newspaper in Miami broke the story of Bosch’s dealings with athletes, including such notables as the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez, who lives in Miami, and the Brewers’ Ryan Braun, who attended the University of Miami, MLB sprang into action.