Agassi: Drug User, Tennis Hater
by Sean Randall | October 29th, 2009, 3:50 pm

No offense to the WTA championships and Serena Williams, but the big news in tennis this week is and will be for some time Andre Agassi’s stunning revelation that he used crystal meth during the 1997 tennis season.

By now I’m sure you’ve read the story. In his forthcoming autobiography “Open” which hits bookshelves on Nov. 9, Agassi admits to using the banned substance in 1997 and then lying about it to dug officials to avoid suspension.

“Slim is stressed too. He was with his girlfriend recently, he says, and the condom broke. Now she’s late. He announces that there’s only one this to do. Get high. He says, You want to get high with me? On what? Gack. What the hell’s gack? Crystal meth. Why do they call it gack? Because that’s the sound you make when you’re high. Your mind is going so fast, all yu can say is gack, gack, gack. … As if they’re coming out of someone else’s mouth, I hear these words: You know what? F..k it. Yeah. Let’s get high. Slim dumps a small pile of powder on the coffee table. He cuts it, snorts it. He cuts it again. I snort some. I ease back on the couch and consider the Rubicon I’ve just crossed. There is a moment of regret, followed by vast sadness. Then comes a tidal wave of euphoria that sweeps away every negative thought in my head. I’ve never felt so alive, so hopeful, and I’ve never felt such energy.”
– excerpt from Sports Illustrated

While I’m saddened and disappointed by the news, I’m not terribly shocked (shocked moreso that he voluntarily confessed) . Recall Agassi was the punk rocker dude with the long, flowing hair, the florescent tights and brash attitude. Hell, one could argue that Agassi must have been high just to have picked out some of those flamboyant ensembles.

But as we have seen with star athletes with more money, more fame, more attention and more access comes more temptation. And at that point the choice is there in front of each of them: Do I go the right way or the wrong way? In this case, Agassi, like so many other athletes and celebrities today, succumbed and chose the wrong way.

“After a loss in D.C. in July, I decide to shut down for the summer. Though we were married in April, Brooke is in Los Angeles working and I spend much of the summer in Vegas. Slim is there, and we get high a lot. I like feeling inspired again, even if the inspiration is chemically induced. I stay awake all night, several nights in a row, relishing the silence. No one bother me. Nothing to do but dance around the house and fold laundry and think.”

Luckily he emerged without an addiction, got his head right and in this decade at least he’s been one of the true ambassadors in tennis and really in all of sports for the way he’s handled himself and for what he’s done. That is up until now because for many this drug confessional will leave a stain.That said, I’m on the fence on this one. On one hand Agassi deserves some praise for making such an admission when he just could have kept quiet. On another, what’s the end message, the bigger picture here from Andre? After all, Agassi does run a school in Las Vegas for unprivileged kids and now he has to tell those same kids and his children who look up to him not to do something he did and lied about?

For me it just sends mixed signals.

“I play tennis for a living, even though I hate tennis, hate it with a dark and secret passion, and always have.”

And the takeway for those kids may very well be, “Hey, if it’s okay for Andre to do it it’s okay for me. I want to feel so alive, so hopeful, too!”

With his drug reveal “open”, hopefully Agassi use this opportunity, his celebrity, his upcoming book signing/talk show circuit and the piles of cash he’s going to make from this book to speak out against drug use and meth addiction. Being the statesmen that he is I think he will.

And of course there are plenty of questions to be asked. Twelve years later, why now? Did he ever use before a match? How long did he use meth? Who else did he use it with? Did he try any other drugs? Where did Agassi test positive for meth? Did the ATP/Doping officials throw out any other cases similar to Agassi’s? Did he ever seek treatment? Etc.

“My father says that if hit 2,500 balls each day, I’ll hit 17,500 balls each week, and at the end of one year I’ll have hit nearly one million balls. He believes in math. Numbers, he says, don’t lie. A child who hits one million balls each year will be unbeatable. Hit earlier, my father yells. Damn it, Andre, hit earlier. Crowd the ball, crowd the ball. Now he’s crowding me.”

While his drug use in the book has grabbed all the headlines, Agassi also speaks frankly about his childhood and his relationship with his father, Mike, who drove him to become the No. 1 player in the world. He also talks about hating tennis, his back injuries and of course Steffi, Brooke and much more.

Once the book is made public and further details and anecdotes of his career emerge it will be fascinating to see what ultimately happens to the image of a man who once said “image is everything”.

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40 Comments for Agassi: Drug User, Tennis Hater

R Says:

Andre’s attitude and resentment toward tennis has always confused me. There is so much hostility there. I heard him say once that his children will never play tennis. He said that he and Steffi gave up their lives so their children could have one. That’s a big statement. In many ways, Tennis GAVE Andre a life.

I could care less about the meth thing. I’m not surprised, I’m sure he doesn’t want anyone to repeat his mistakes, etc.. And I still adore Andre and Steffi but I think they need more therapy. Tennis gave them so much, winning gave them more and I’m not sure they realize that. The alternative may not have been as great as maybe they think-

blah Says:

He hated tennis because of how he was trained and how his abusive father took all the fun out of it. I doubt he still hates it now or even in the latter half of his career. They probably don’t want their children to go through the same pressure phrase where kids don’t have childhoods and are forced through rigorous tennis training.

I read in a story a few years ago that Andre’s father had been trying to convince Andre to drop his son off with him so he could teach him tennis. Not hard to see why Andre would be against that, though I think if his children really wanted to play, I doubt andre and steffi would forbid them.

Are they overreacting? probably, but teen stars/athletes usually grow up being deprived of a “normal” childhood, and even if they become successful and mature, that shadow might still remain there for most of them. If they take it easy playing tennis, they probably would never be very good in this competitive time.

As for the Agassi “punk” phrase, I don’t think he was much of one. Yes he wore weird clothes and rebelled against being normal that way (read that he did it to embarrass his father), but when given a chance to not wear white at wimbledon, he chose to wear white. He never had any on court temper tantrums, and I would say that the title punk should be reserved for players like McEnroe or Nastase.

As for the setting an example part. come on. Better to come out this way than to hide it. Even if he wasn’t hiding it, in the chance that this was found out through another source, that would be way more terrible for that school and his and tennis’ reputation.

Like I said, in the early part of his career Agassi always looked like a lost kid to me, not an arrogant or foolish man. He just rebelled against the norm for athletes at that time because he was too unhappy with his life. This happened during that transitional phrase when he grew to a point where he just can’t be a kid anymore and before he figured out his life and really matured and found his joy. The marriage and divorce, the fall in rankings, the meth, seems to me those were the darkest days for him before he started climbing back up as a player and as a person.

Of course, he is not exempt from blame, and drugs are… well, bad. I’d say he’s trying to make up for what happened during those few years with what he’s doing for the kids now though.

I’ve always been fascinated with him as a person because we don’t see an athlete or even a public figure make such a drastic turnaround as a person right under our nose. I’ll read it in bookstores but I won’t buy it because I rarely buy autobiographies.

blah Says:

*not never had any temper tantrums, all players do, but he’s not near even guys like safin, who’s a step below mac in that department.

My previous post disappeared, so

-Very good article, long read
-Provides Insight on Agassi as a player and person
-Not unbiased, but more substance than image imo
-Only article I remember from years of reading the declining si magazine.

blah Says:

Another note- the piles of cash he makes- I wouldn’t be surprised if it went to his organization helping unprivileged children. Of course, there may be other reason for writing his book- a lot of athletes lose all their money on bad business decisions and need to make use of their former reputation, but I would say the first guess is more likely.

And I believe Agassi did go through therapy around those years, but I don’t know whether it was for his drug usage or for his general unhappiness with life.

Ezorra Says:

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal voiced their displeasure at Andre Agassi after the former world number one revealed he took the recreational drug crystal meth in 1997 and lied about the reasons for a positive test while Roddick and William sisters have different view about the issue-


Hypnos Says:

The ATP would have two interests in banning someone for crystal meth use:

1. It is highly addictive, though fortunately for Agassi not in his case. Having an ATP player bottomed out on meth would be a public relations disaster.

2. Crystal meth is a performance enhancer, similar to amphetamines or Adderall. It gives energy and focus for highly concentrated tasks — like tennis.

Both, of course, also present moral hazards — the ATP wouldn’t mind sweeping such problems under the rug.

Andrew Miller Says:

Agassi was definitely in his own purgatory. However, he was not punished publicly. Now, he is receiving a fair share of punishment publicly – it’s no small thing for today’s ambassadors of the sport (Federer/Nadal) to come out very hard on him – it’s looking at one of the sport’s statesmen and saying, “you arent who I thought you were.” That is tough coming from a peer.

But if Agassi had said it before – maybe he would have faced the humiliation sooner, and it would have supported his recovery sooner. Capriati faced a harsh light, and Agassi was spared. Fair?

No, not fair. But I think Agassi would have turned around.

As for performance enhancing….those painkiller shots certainly helped Agassi make it through 2006. And who didnt want to see Agassi finish off his career as a statesman?

Hypnos Says:

Mr. Miller,

Yeah, I wouldn’t know how to draw the line between a palliative and a performance enhancer.

The current norm seems to be anything (a) illegally obtained and (b) that has nasty side effects.

Who knows, maybe 100 years from now everyone will be taking growth hormone to resist aging, and pro athletes will be playing into their 50s.

sensationalsafin Says:

Federer and Nadal don’t really say how they feel about Agassi himself. They both say they’re mad this happened because they want tennis to be a clean sport. For them, especially having won several majors just like Agassi, it’ll raise more unwarranted questions that otherwise wouldn’t need to be asked. Are either Federer and Nadal using something? I would be a thousand times more shocked to find out they are/were than Agassi. But it makes sense for them to be upset at the blemish it puts on tennis. I like Roddick’s assessment better because he sheds light on how he feels about Agassi. All the pros, especially the top ones, have bitched about how annoying the drug tests are nowadays, but they all understand that the sport needs to stay clean. Surely Roddick’s no exception to this thought. But his view of Agassi himself hasn’t been altered and that’s what he mentions. I’d like to know what Nadal and Federer think of Agassi, not the damage.

Samprazzz Says:

I fail to see how ‘chystal meth’ could help anyone be a better tennis player. It might help you do your laundry, but if you’re going to cheat by taking a drug, you’re not going to take crystal meth. Andre wasn’t taking it to cheat at tennis, and that is the important thing. Recreational drugs shouldn’t be banned by the ATP. Alcohol is a drug, caffeine is a drug, those aren’t banned. For Rafa and Federer to refer to getting high on crystal meth at home as ‘cheating’ is ridiculous. If anything, taking crystal meth would hurt anyone’s game.
Do these symptoms listed for crystal meth seem like they would help any athelete perform better:
(especially the ‘mental confusion’)
What does the high feel like?

Initially, the user experiences intense feelings of euphoria. The user feels energized, alert, talkative, happy, confident, and powerful.

What are the symptoms of crystal methamphetamine use?

•Dilated pupils and rapid eye movements
•Clammy, flushed skin
•Increase in body metabolism, heart rate, and blood pressure
•Jitteriness, twitching, and muscle spasms (especially apparent in the face, jaw, and neck)
•Loss of interest in normal activities like eating, drinking, sex, and sleeping (a user on a run or binge can stay awake for up to a couple of weeks at a time)
•Compulsive and repetitive behaviour (e.g., picking at one’s skin, overzealous cleaning or grooming behaviour, tooth grinding)
•Hyper alertness
•Mental confusion
•Inability to focus on one task
•Rapid speech
•Agitated, anxious, irritable, hostile, aggressive, or even violent behaviour
•Cracked lips
•Skin rashes or sores from scratching and itching
•Extreme weight loss (during a meth run, the user will not eat or sleep for several days)

sensationalsafin Says:

1) Did Fed and Nadal say he was cheating? I think they were just looking at it as a “clean” thing. Maybe they meant “clean” as in fair play. I took it as just generally clean and substance free. I think the ATP should keep an eye out for recreational drugs because they are illegal and they hurt the player and the game. I just don’t think they should necessarily suspend a player for hurting themselves. Agassi’s results were horrid in 1997. He basically suspended himself. If the ATP could punish players with community service or something, that would make more sense. Punish the players in a logical way.

2) Kinda goes with what I was just saying but also I really agree, Samprazzz. How can Navratilova say Agassi compares to Clemens? Agassi wasn’t taking steroids or anything to purposely improve his tennis. Rather, he was purposely or subconsciously on purpose hurting his tennis. Using it, lying about it, coming out at a random time when he’s in the clear, all bad judgement calls on his part, sure. But to say he’s a bad guy for using a performance enhancing drug… crystal meth is performance enhancing?

Samprazzz you listed all the crazy effects of crystal meth but to sum it up in a nut shell, my understanding is that crystal meth is the most dangerous drug out there. You can get high off of plenty of things, but crystal meth deteriorates your brain! People who become addicted become brain dead. Even if they stop after some time, they still end up literally retarded. That Agassi managed to avoid all that is incredibly lucky. That he would allow himself to take something that dangerous shows how down he really was and how crazy life can be when you’re a celebrity.

jane Says:

“crystal meth deteriorates your brain! People who become addicted become brain dead.”

Incredibly so – the dopamine spike is out-of-this-world, so the highs and lows are drastic, and basically, the pleasure sensors in the brain are all but killed off. Accordingly crystal meth is incredibly addictive, and it’s a good thing, as you say sensationalsafin, that Agassi was able to come out of that experience relatively unscathed – I mean mentally and physically. Not publicly, clearly.

But no way could crystal meth “enhance” performance on the tennis court. I just can’t see it from every thing I’ve read about that drug..

Dan Martin Says:

I was never a fan of Agassi the player. Something about his style of play, while impressive, never clicked with me. More importantly up until 2002, I really thought his personality seemed fragile and petty. I was royally pissed at Agassi for his display against Kucera in the 1998 USO. Rifling a ball at a lineswoman at Wimbledon 2001 and saying she needed to get laid ranked up there with Agassi saying he was “as happy as a faggot on a submarine” after winning his 1991 French Open semifinal match. I disliked Andre. I thought he was as vulgar as Jimbo or Johnny Mac but much more whiny.

Anyway, Agassi the man I grew to admire a great deal. Even as I hoped JCF would beat him at the 2003 USO I was impressed by Agassi’s giving. His school is an amazing story. He is a civic leader, has invested in a solar power system near Vegas, he runs penny slot machines whose profits go to charity…. Agassi is one of the more impressive philanthropist-athletes out there.

What he did in 1997 was deplorable and he should not have been let off the hook. Andrei Medvedev and Todd Martin may wish Agassi had been banned for 2 years as he beat them in slam finals in 1999. Kafelnikov likely would have finished 1999 #1 (won the AO, lost to Agassi in the USO semis – so he might have won 2 slams that year). The ripple effects of Agassi not being banned did impact a lot of players. I can understand the frustration from some active players.

I am also not offering a utilitarian defense of Agassi. Even if he did more good than harm, what he did in 1997 and the non-punishment are deplorable. Also, revealing these things when being paid $5 million is different than him telling Todd Martin, Andrei Medvedev, Yevgeny Kafelnikov et al. privately & face-to-face that he probably should have been on the sidelines rather than beating them and denying them a crowning achievement.

I will simply say Agassi has grown over the years. Who he has become, I like.

sensationalsafin Says:

Agassi wouldn’t have been banned for 2 years, he would’ve been banned for 3 months. The first 3 months of 98 were pretty good for him as he had good results in the big events and gained a lot of valuable match play. But by 99, he would’ve still been playing. Maybe he wouldn’t have been able to win those slams or maybe he still would have.

Dan Martin Says:

Would he have retired out of shame? Who knows? I guess the 3 month thing is all we can go on.

KillerC Says:

from knowing actual individuals who have taken meth.. its definitely NOT a performance enhancer. more like a F-Ur game/life up drug. Naratolova needs to stop being stuckup about it& thinking she was all perfect. at worst it woulda just been 3 month ban back then. Even than, as horrible as it seems im glad agassi didnt get truly addicted & all the shittyness that comes with that. Of course Rafa and Federer will call it bad. I thought rafa’s response a little more spiteful; considering he’s been thought to be a P.E.(performance enhancer) user for awhile. I’m with roddick on his view, Agassi is true good peep’ sure he had his blowups.. who hasnt?
What I find interesting is how he hates tennis!? The deep feelings probably due to the negativity his father pushed on him with it. Its understandable. Yet I think he likes tennis at the same time cause it was all he knew from a kid to now.

Sean Randall Says:

Had he been suspended it sounds like three months – that from another excerpt from his book but it would have left quite the mark on his legacy and who knows if he would have ever recovered from it.

Regarding performance enhancement, while meth may not be on the PED list (I don’t think) for me anything you take – meth, advil, hell a cheeseburger – if it makes you feel better and play better that’s a performance enhancer. So even though chemically or medically it won’t improve your game, if it helps your mind into thinking that it will I believe that has just as much value.

So for me meth could have helped Andre’s game in an indirect way.

As for the fallout, sounds like the Federer, Nadal and now Navratilova have come out against Agassi. Roddick meanwhile gave Andre some support.

My guess is the Europeans will fall in line against Andre while the Americans will side for him. We Americans love to forgive. I’m be interested in reactions from guys like Safin, Sampras, Becker, McEnroe and Courier.

And it’s worth saying again, meth is bad bad bad! Much worse than popping in roid needle or the like. From what I’ve read meth is a nasty, damaging road to take and he took it.

Some of those parents of kids at the Agassi school have to be feeling a little uncomfortable right now, that’s why I think Andre has to go on some sort of anti-drug campaign. He can’t just sit back and profit from this drug confession and except no consequences.

Voicemale1 Says:

Any ban Agassi would have (and should have) incurred wouldn’t have meant a great deal on the court. People do come back to the game from drug problems (Capriati). His endorsement contracts would have dried up left and right once it was public knowledge the ATP was suspending him for use of Crystal Meth. Not to mention the sheer volume of press people who would have hounded him relentlessly for the gory details. As I said before, Agassi knew his endorsements would have ended and that’s why he lied to the ATP, and no doubt worked out an agreement with them to keep it quiet. He wanted the money to keep rolling in the way it always had been.

Players today should be furious, mostly with the ATP. Nadal summed it up pretty well saying if the ATP knew about it and didn’t take action it’s not only wrong, but hypocritical in terms of Gasquet. And I’m sure a lot of them are kinda fed up with Agassi and his reason to put this out: to sell his book. Andre Agassi has been one of the most Spotlight Hungry Athletes who ever existed. All of his women have been famous, all of his bizarre clothing and hairstyles he milked for publicity. He’s the Madonna of tennis: no publicity is bad, or enough. Tennis Channel’s Signature Series inaugurated with Agassi’s story 18 months ago. Why didn’t he see fit to reveal this stuff then? Well we all know the reason: why reveal it on a TV show for free when he can put it in a book and cash in on it? The point is: there already WAS a life story for people to see in the TV retrospective. Now we gotta read a book on him too? Does he really think we can’t get enough of him? It’s like he’s serving as his own informant on the life’s he’s lived, like they was any informant would sell tidbits to a Tabloid in hopes of cashing in on what they offer. And that’s what a lot of Agassi’s stuff reads like: Tabloid Drama. Someone needs to tell this prima dona to get the hell off the stage already.

Voicemale1 Says:


You still think people would just read about the Meth thing and would “move on”? :)

sensationalsafin Says:

Wow, sounds like someone really doesn’t like Agassi.

Sean, did Agassi have some sort of great results as a result of the meth? I could understand if 1997 was some sort of great year for him, but it wasn’t, it was his absolute worst year in his entire career. Where does this performance “enhancing” argument come from? I’m not saying what he did was right but surely it wasn’t PE, not in the slightest. From his excerpts, it seems like he felt good while he did it but felt like shit afterwords. So scenario 1) he got high one day, played tennis another. It would be harder for him to concentrate in a match while feeling shitty about stuff off the court (look at Nadal and his family troubles). Scenario 2) he took it right before the match. No matter how great he might have felt in his head, when you’re high off anything, especially meth, there’s no way your body is gonna be able to play great tennis. It’s either a narcotic or in a similar category (terminology is stupid) so it has a lot more negative effects than positive. I’ve seen kids play tennis while high off weed and they may look happy but their tennis looks like crap.

“My guess is the Europeans will fall in line against Andre while the Americans will side for him. We Americans love to forgive. I’m be interested in reactions from guys like Safin, Sampras, Becker, McEnroe and Courier.”

I’m guessing Sampras will say something similar to Roddick. He’s pretty close with Agassi and he’s a “forgiving American” plus he’s got tremendous respect for the guy and always has. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if Sampras already knew. McEnroe might not be so forgiving but he is American, so I’m not sure. He’s probably gonna say how awful it is but how great of a turn around it was. Oh and he’s gonna blast the ATP like never before. I’m not sure about Becker, I feel like he might go the road of Navratilova, though not as extreme since he is a part or close to Agassi’s generation so he knows him. Courier will probably be a mixture of Sampras and McEnroe in saying a lot of good things about Agassi but blasting the ATP. I’m surprised and not surprised that you’re curious about Safin. I’m gonna guess Safin is gonna say something like “Andre was a great player and is a great ambassador and does a lot of great things and I have a lot of respect for him. But I don’t care about crystal meth and the ATP. I’ve had enough tennis in my life. I’m retiring now so I don’t care about ATP. Blah blah too much tennis in my life blah blah I suck blah blah I’m retired blah blah blah.” I know for a fact that Safin has at least hung out with people from the Russian Mafia so I’m sure he’s been exposed to plenty of these drugs. I doubt he’s done meth but he’s definitely seen it. He won’t be as critical as the other Europeans. Oh and he’ll DEFINITELY say that the last thing crystal meth does is enhance tennis performance.

jane Says:

Touche Voicemale1, touche. : )

Sean Randall Says:

Voicemale1, had Agassi been banned and come under the drug scrutiny during his playing days I think it would have played a major role in his future. I think even a 3-month suspension would have derailed a career Slam.

Think of the dominoes that would have fallen if had been suspended. I don’t think he wins a career Slam let alone another Slam, I don’t think Steffi would have married him and his off-court charity projects may have never gotten off the ground as they have.

You are right about the timing of this. Waiting (or at least that’s how it seems) until he gets paid to come out with the drug story. It just doesn’t look good.

ss, who really knows when he started taking meth and when he didn’t. If he can lie to the ATP he could certainly be doing it in the book as well. But my point wasn’t that he was snorting the day of matches (perhaps he was?), rather that he was doing it out of event to get his head right.

If you are in a bad place as Agassi said he was, for him this was a way out of that place. And when he got out maybe his tennis game improved. Without the meth, maybe he stays stuck in there longer. I don’t know. All I’m saying is the meth may have settled or eased his mind for a short while allowing him to better focus on tennis when he played.

Ha, I like your Safin quote. Sounds just like him!

Sean Randall Says:

ss, here is what Safin said: “One should know how to be silent, but if you are so smart you should have spoken up earlier. … You will never live to see such revelations from me. How they will escape this situation – this is the ATP’s and Agassi’s problem.”

Guess he’s none to happy with Andre either.

jane Says:

Go Safin – win Moscow!!!

sensationalsafin Says:

Jane, he’s playing in St. Petersburg, Moscow was last week. But yeah, go Safin!!

I was close, he said it’s the ATP’s and Agassi’s problem. He seems to be saying the same thing as Nadal, why now? Why so late?

The meth maybe helped keep him satisfied enough to continue playing tennis. Otherwise, maybe he just would’ve given up. I agree about the domino effect thing. I doubt he’s lying in his book. I mean cmon. No way. I refuse to be that cynical.

sensationalsafin Says:

Where did you find Safin’s reaction?

i am it Says:

Sean is right even burger turns into a substance, influencing your body and mind. As soon as you take any food, it goes under fermentation. Each body carries natural yeast and digestive system to process the intake into a substance that influences your behavior. If a player should be free of any substance use, you cannot call one thing “use” and another thing “abuse.”

What about fat, meat, and the like? Are they good for an athlete? Should not there be laws regarding what an athlete can consume, since we are into empire building mission here? Are you really concerned about an athlete’s health and performitivity or are you looking for ways to aggrandize more power, by forging an alliance with other institutions that are bent on freezing human creativity and freedom as well as making humans docile to accept the economy of efficiency and state machine?

For generations, power mongering puritanical institutions and the like have waged war against certain chemicals and herbs labeling them as “drugs,” putting under certain categories of Provision, USDA’s term, again taking brutal, felonious legal, political, religious, and other institutional recourse, which could be very well abbreviated into Ideological State Apparatus (ISP). You are only subscribing to it without seriously thinking.

Study how every imperialistic regimes like WADA or other dope testing agencies have tried to expand their empires by including more chemicals and herbs, thus trespassing into both indigenous cultural terrains (e.g. peyote) as well as scientific (obesity; narcolepsy, cold, headache, and stroke) and psychiatric (ADHD).
This is a war between a free society vs. institutional extremism, the latter includes religion through judicial, legislative bodies, and other institutional frameworks.

Hell, I would choose herbs and chemicals over any institution, take for instance, religion, which has killed more people in the world than any “drug”; yet, religion is not banned. More nations have wages wars and indulged in genocides of astronomical proportion. We are talking about excesses. Yet, these institutions, e.g. religion and nations, remain intact, enjoying power more than ever. Is not that the same reason institutional paradigms have banned some chemicals and herbs that they would do harm if you take in excess, on hypothetical and arbitrary grounds? Why is the double standard? A chemical substance becomes a drug only when you take in excess.

The puritanical empire banned even Sudafed, Actifed, and Contac, one by one.

If you want to question anything, first question the legality of law. What’s the point of banning non-PED chemicals and herbs, if not motivated by its imperialist ambition to include as many “drugs” as it can and acting upon the ambition to gather more territory and more power? Why not ban nations, religions, and the like that have done more harm?

From a neutral ground, it is felonious to formulate such laws in the first place. It is felonious to encroach upon privacy and personal freedom. It is felonious to include (trespass into) those chemicals and herbs that have no bearing on influencing the outcome of a match in the consumer’s favor.

Yes, let’s not move on, but think about the bigger picture, if you really want to think.

Let me end with a humorous note: if you have not had meth sex, you have not had sex yet, Sean.

jane Says:

Oh – doh! Thanks for the correction ss. But go Marat, wherever!

sensationalsafin Says:

i am it, wurd.

been there Says:

Is it that I’m not checking properly or is the ATP (officials)completely silent on this? I’ve been sneaking in & out of the ATP website for the past two days & I still see nothing, not even a passing mention. The cows have finally come home…but it’s still sshhhh….all is rosy. Talk about living in denial.

LOL @Safin’s reaction from 6.06pm post. That is what I call straight talk – tell it like it is. I also liked Nadal’s statements…quite emphatic. Federer’s was just ok..with that touch of the precautionary Swiss diplomacy by adding ‘he’s done a lot for the sport & helping ppl with foundation blabla’. Serena’s, doing what she does best…sell her book instead. lol.

contador Says:

link to navratalova’s and safin’s comments.

safin is right. “one should learn to be silent…”

Sean Randall Says:

i am it, you are into it buddy. The bigger picture is that Agassi used an illegal and very dangerous substance. Eating doughnuts and cheeseburgers to get your groove on is certainly questionable, but not illegal and subject to societal disapproval. But as a star athlete and as a role model liek Agassi you cannot be doing meth and doing it for a year and then lie about it!

The parents who send their kids to his school must be crushed.

Ezorra Says:

been there says:
“Serena’s, doing what she does best…sell her book instead. lol.”

You made my day. That is hilarious!

Andrew Miller Says:

I dont think Kafelnikov or Martin would have taken any slams. If Agassi had paid his penalties earlier in 2007, I’m pretty sure he would have found himself on the tennis court winning – the winning though would have been even sweeter. (See Capriati, Jennifer).

The earlier intervention would have been better for Agassi and better for tennis. I’ve said this on another post (the latest posted by Sean Randall), there were definitely beneficiaries of Agassi’s total collapse. In comparison, 1996 was not a great year for Agassi, but he prevented plenty of people from winning big titles, and at 25-26 years old in 1996 was still in prime tennis years.

(In 1997, he was in the 26-27 year old range, still prime tennis years).

So you take a guy who basically is in the running to win slams every time he plays. You cant tell me he DIDNT make it easier for others by being OFF THE TOUR during one of the best prime physical years of his life.

The reality is that it was easier. A two-time slam finalists from 1996 was basically off the tour in 1997. Plenty of people benefitted – trust me, players looking at the draw and not seeing Agassi in the draw would have said, “awesome.”

sepherina allard Says:

hey hey u all should know that confession is good for the soul!! Andre did the right think.this is a lesson for everyone to follow suit.

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Mary Says:

God’s spokesman on earth, me, asked me to pass along the following:



You are voted out of the tribe, please start following the teachings of Buddah.

Mary Says:

SA: God also wanted me to ask exactly why you are wishing his son happy birthday on October 31?

Jamie Says:

It was funny to read.

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