July 29, 2006

Worlds fastest man tests positive: Gatlin said he has been informed that he tested positive for testosterone or other prohibited steroids the same violation that, only two days ago, threw Floyd Landis' victory in the Tour de France into question.

posted by jojomfd1 to other at 09:32 PM - 9 comments

Looks like somebody should have gotten a new coach a long time ago.

posted by jojomfd1 at 09:33 PM on July 29, 2006

Does this really surprise anybody??...Baseball, The Tour de France, Track and who knows what else. Let's face facts.... marry this to the Fortunate 50 list and I think the answers fairly clear. Performance = $$$$, sure any athelete wants a competitive edge but, the root of the problem is the agents (read this as attornies if you wish). It really is "All about the Benjamins"

posted by R_A_Mason at 10:54 AM on July 30, 2006

"Justin Gatlin's coach Trevor Graham claims the World and Olympic 100m champion has been "set up" after the sprinter failed a drugs test."

posted by billsaysthis at 11:29 AM on July 30, 2006

Well, R_A_Mason, I'll have to admit that from where I'm standing the answer is about as clear as the six inches of bullshit you just posted. It's the agents?!? I still have faith they're not juicing in the NFL.

posted by smithers at 11:35 AM on July 30, 2006

I just wonder how long hes been using the prohibited steroids.

posted by Clevelander32 at 11:37 AM on July 30, 2006

Yo smithers.... I didn't mention the NFL did I? They had the foresight to cleanup their act and enforce proper controls starting around 1987 (And, if I remember correctly, it was the players themselves that were the catalyst!) That isn't to say that there aren't still indivuduals who try to cheat (or, have you forgotten Bill Romanowski?) While I would absolutely like to believe in the purity of athletic competition, the point I tried to make is this. Atheletes are human beings first and as such, the lure of huge amounts of money can (and has) superceeded morals and common sense.

posted by R_A_Mason at 11:59 AM on July 30, 2006

I've been trying to generate a little give a damn about this latest cheater and I guess I'm just too fried out on the whole drug scandals and I really just don't care anymore. I am going to assume that all professional athletes are cheating in some way or another. Either in the game, on their wives or on their taxes.

posted by fenriq at 01:50 PM on July 30, 2006

This is terrible. I think Gatlin vs. Powell has been great for track and field. I really enjoyed watching Landis win the Tour in heroic fashion. I have really enjoyed watching Bonds play baseball. I am getting to the point where I want to do away with this drug testing, so I can just enjoy sports in the moment again. I don't believe for a minute that the NFL doesn't have anyone doing drugs. What the NFL does have is a policy that tests mainly rookies and repeat offenders. And, even still, I would rather see Ricky Williams play for Miami than (not) play in the CFL.

posted by bperk at 07:00 AM on July 31, 2006

With the influx of revalations coming to light it puts doubt in ones mind about any great sporting achievement - it wont be long before a chess champion fails! The good thing is judging from England recent World Cup experience - no of them are taking drugs - not enhancing ones at least!

posted by Duke101 at 04:04 PM on August 02, 2006

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