March 02, 2006

Tennis father drugged opponent: and now faces court over untimely death. And you thought the parents of the other team were bad.

posted by owlhouse to culture at 03:42 PM - 14 comments

Kinda puts "win at all costs" into perspective, doesn't it?

posted by wingnut4life at 03:49 PM on March 02, 2006

What better way to express love for your child than a little manslaughter.

posted by HATER 187 at 04:04 PM on March 02, 2006

holy crap. wouldn't her opponents have noticed a pattern, that everyone who plays her suddenly gets tired, dizzy, nauseous and can't finish the match? this guy is a nutbar.

posted by ninjavshippo at 04:13 PM on March 02, 2006

Damn, I thought we were gonna get another story about that crazy Dokic guy. What is it about tennis parents that makes them even more psycho than other pushy-sports-parents?

posted by afx237vi at 04:30 PM on March 02, 2006

i love my kids to, but that guys whacked.

posted by fingers at 05:44 PM on March 02, 2006

they should stop having parents as coachs, or just have some kind of security around the parents

posted by steelers101 at 05:50 PM on March 02, 2006

Parents sometimes become obssessed when their children are simply playing the game. I don't know the answer, but it all needs to be put in perspective.

posted by jm_mosier at 06:01 PM on March 02, 2006

You gotta wonder if that guy was drugged too.

posted by bonbon11 at 06:33 PM on March 02, 2006

You gotta wonder if that guy was drugged too. Not if you actually read the article, you don't: He admitted he had also applied Temesta, which he carried to calm his own nerves, to at least two other players.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 07:27 PM on March 02, 2006

According to the article:

Fauviau, who faces up to 20 years in jail, told the court he resorted to drugging opponents with the anti-anxiety drug Temesta because, "I felt I was permanently being judged by my children's performances". ... "I was not at all well at the time," he told the court. "Each match was a terrible strain for me."
Looks like this wasn't done for the love of his children as much as it was for his own sake. So he's not getting any sympathy on that count. Also, see how he dropped that "I was not well" statement? Here's a prediction: If his lawyers can't argue that his doping the guy didn't necessarily lead to the accident, they'll go for an insanity plea. Oh, those crazy Frenchmen! (I'm kid because I love.)

posted by worldcup2002 at 10:49 PM on March 02, 2006

When you have a child and you watch how other parents treak their kids, or how they act around them and something displeases you, you always say " I'm never going to do that" Well for once I am almost 99.99% sure that I will never do that. Just kidding, what a freaking psycho !!!

posted by chucodimebag at 12:57 AM on March 03, 2006

Can anyone imagine how bad those kids feel about having such a douchebag for a father? Especially the girl, having all the talent she needs to win her matches alone. And this bozo slips the mickey. For his sake I hope he gets used to the prison Evian and croissants quickly. Not to mention his new occupation as salad tosser.

posted by CRAB at 08:00 AM on March 03, 2006

Look s like dad's the one with the killer game.

posted by victbtm at 08:12 AM on March 03, 2006

It reminds me (sort of) of a boys golf tournament I played in (many years ago now). My playing partner in the first round was a really good player and people had high hopes for his future in the game. His old man was notoriously bumptious and very overbearing, and would stalk his child on the course so he could discuss every shot, good or bad, afterwards. The seventeenth hole was a par three. When we arrived on the tee, this guy's dad was waiting for us. "The last group all hit 3-iron. Someone in the group in front of them hit a three wood and went OB long." I looked at his son, and his son looked at me. Without a word, he held his hand out and I gave him his scorecard. "Thanks, dad." was all he said as he tore it up. His father's face went puce with rage. He spat vehemently that the rules said the player couldn't solicit advice, but said nothing about receiving it unsolicited*. His son looked at him very calmly and told him to "grow up" - it was priceless. He disqualified himself from the tournament and obviously had stern words with his dad later as the old man was never seen at another tournament that I remember. I was so lucky when I was young - I had parents who did everything they could to support me with my sport but never once did anything to force me in any direction (or poison my opponents). *Under the letter of the rules, the old man was right, but his son at least had a better concept of the intention of the rules (and wanted to teach his old boy a lesson).

posted by JJ at 09:13 AM on March 03, 2006

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