By admin | August 11, 2009
By Richard Allen
By now, anyone who even casually follows NASCAR has heard of Jeremy Mayfield’s failed drug tests and the resulting legal drama that has played out since May.
Mayfield is said to have tested positive for methamphetamines twice. As most know, the driver claims not to have ever used meth despite the results of the tests. He says he was taking two legal drugs which when mixed caused the failed test. He even claims to have his own tests, conducted by an independent lab, that back his story.
Mayfield’s step-mother states she has seen him use the illegal drug and has offered a sworn statement to that effect.
As it turns out, this is not the only instance in the sporting world to have a failed drug test and a somewhat twisted and controversial story given to explain the mess.
This story comes from Greg Couch on FANHOUSE.
Richard Gasquet, a professional tennis player, recently tested positive for cocaine use and was suspended. However, he appealed the suspension. Here is where his story takes a wild turn.
Gasquet told his tale to a tribunal who was charged with hearing his appeal. He says that after withdrawing from a tournament in Miami he went with some friends to a night club in that town. It was there, according to the player’s story, that he ingested the drug unknowingly.
Gasquet says he met a woman named “Pamela”, a fake name he gave her to protect her true identity. He kissed “Pamela”, a cocaine user, at the club and that is where he had the cocaine introduced into his system.
Since the club in question is supposedly known for drug use, the panel hearing Gasquet’s story decided he was telling the truth and allowed his suspension to be overturned.
Since the appeal, there has been more wrangling which has again placed the player in the middle of controversy. Not only are tennis authorities looking to get his suspension reinstated, but now, “Pamela” is suing him, claiming she has been dragged through the mud and accused of something she did not do.
In the Jeremy Mayfield case it would be plausible to believe his story, especially since there have been various experts in the field to say so.
It is also quite logical to believe the NASCAR side of the story since Mayfield has failed two tests given by a reputable testing agency.
I don’t know whether Mayfield used meth or not. I do know that he might well still be racing if only he had kissed “Pamela”, or at least had the same tribunal as Richard Gasquet.
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.
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