What a strange ending to a strange case. Richard Gasquet was busted for having coke in system during the Miami tournament in March. Under the rules, Gasquet was subsequently suspended for one year when his second sample confirmed the earlier findings.
But Gasquet appealed the decision arguing that the coke unknowingly entered into his bloodstream by kissing, French kissing no less. Gasquet said the girl, Pamela, he was getting his groove on with must have snorted a line or two in the bathroom and that’s how the coke wound up in Richard’s urine the next day during testing.
In an interview last month, Pamela said she didn’t use cocaine the night she was with Gasquet, and she only gave the Frenchman a peck on the cheek. But an unnamed witness according to another story saw her hitting the white lines at the club. Sounds like someone is lying!
Believe the story or not, an independent tribunal did and Gasquet is now a free man again as of yesterday.
Pretty sensational stuff. You can read the full backstory in all it’s detail here if you haven’t already seen it.
A few things.
It’s good to have Gasquet back on the circuit. Had the appeal fallen flat I think that would have been match point against and Gasquet would have never recovered. Now he gets a lifeline back into tennis and from his point of view, can things get any worse? They can’t, he’s hit his trough. Hopefully for him it’s only up from here, that is he realizes his full potential and he stops sucking face with total strangers in night clubs.
As for the outcome, I just wonder what Martina Hingis or the others who were also caught doping thought of this decision? Perhaps they should have used the “Kissing Defense”! It does open the “flood gates” to quote the ITF to the argument of “I didn’t do it. The drugs were transferred into my body only after I
I will say based on the nature of the sports and many “guys being guys” when they go out at night, I’m surprised this hasn’t happened before or more often. Maybe it has and the guilty player opted to just fall of the sword rather than reveal the details of the rendezvous.
Anyway, Gasquet is cleared to play this summer, Pamela is now celebrity and we know Team Gasquet doesn’t like strip clubs.
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