KLCR,First, let me thank you for thinking enough of my thoughts to quote me here in your information-packed web post! Second, I read your post and much of the “steroids problem” site (thanks to other commentators who brought them to my attention) and agree that the ATP must be covering this stuff up.
In Agassi’s book, he talks about how easily they accepted his excuse when he tested positive for a banned substance. Nadal and Federer are today’s Agassi and Sampras. Does anyone honestly believe that if Nadal tested positive, they would charge him and ban him from the sport for 2 years as others have been (Canas- reduced charge, Chela, Puerta). These players were third level in terms of audience draw, so no problem, let’s make an example of them. It’s vinyl window dressing to say that they have a no-tolerence policy, when in fact, they know that (a)almost no one tests positive because the users are years ahead of the testers, and (b)if a superstar tested positive, somehow, someway, it would be excused. Think about this: most athletes (Bonds, Clemens, McGwire) never actually tested positive, they were simply not believable and really were only convicted in the court of public opinion.
Just like Michael Vick, they are forgiven no matter how heinous their acts. You think Nike would sit back and let some piddly association of athletes ruin a massive investment that sells millions and millions of dollars worth of shoes and shirts? Ha. If you believe that, then I have a grip that will increase your serve speed in a matter of days by 20-30 miles per hour…
See post that inspired this comment at West Coast Grrlie Blather!