Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Fault! Puerta

Not that anyone actually follows tennis, but hey it's good filler. And when was the last time you heard a tennis player receiving an 8-year suspension for doping? Argentine Mariano Puerta received the ban on Tuesday for a second doping offense.

A three-man International Tennis Federation tribunal said the drug apparently came from effortil, a medication Puerta's wife takes for hypertension. Puerta reached teh finals of last year's French Open, but his results will be nullified for the infraction.

"I find it extraordinary that it could ever be thought satisfactory that a person's livelihood can be terminated in circumstances such as these," Puerta said in a statement.

We find it extraoridinary that anyone would consider it ok to cheat because their income pays the bills. Rules? We don't need no stinking rules. Well, Puerta is Argentinian. That being the same country that gave us Diego Maradona, the soccer player who played his entire career higher than a kite.

Besides having to repay the prize money he won at the French Open, Puerta will be foced to relinquich his titles and ranking points won after Roland Garros. He is currently ranked No. 12 on the ATP Tour. Since the French Open, Puerta has earned about $330,000 in prize money.

"You're dealing with somebody who's tested positive twice in less than two years and clearly doesn't think the rules apply to him," World Anti-Doping Agency chief Dick Pound said.

Not to digress, but we're thinking Mr. Pound missed his calling in the adult film industry.

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