Category Archives: Doping

Bases Loaded for Court of Arbitration for Sport

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has seen a remarkable number of cases since opening at the 2016 Olympic Games. In the week since opening, the division has already registered 11 cases, matching the total number of cases evaluated during the entire 2012 Olympic Games. Although CAS has been busy so far, it is not unexpected. The origination of many disputes is related to Russian athletes and whether or not they were allowed to compete in the Rio de Janeiro games. In response to…

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Russian Track & Field Team Banned from Rio Olympics in Unprecedented Decision

In an unprecedented decision, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced on Friday, June 17, 2016, that Russia and the Russian Athletics Federation has failed to show enough progress to warrant lifting the November 2015 provisional doping scandal suspension. Although the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will make the final call about Russian’s participation in the Rio Olympics, the decision bars the team from competition. The track-and-field team was provisionally banned from competition following a 2015 report from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). WADA’s report…

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Barry Bonds Absolved of Obstruction Conviction

On Wednesday, April 22, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Barry Bonds’ conviction for obstruction of justice stemming from questionable testimony given in front of a grand jury in 2003 regarding the use and distribution of illegal steroids. Bonds was summoned to testify before a grand jury in 2003 about his alleged use of performance enhancing drugs.  During the proceedings, Bonds was questioned for nearly three hours.  In 2007, he was charged with making false statements and obstructing justice.  Trial did not begin until…

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Clemens’ Defamation Lawsuit Reaches Settlement

On Wednesday March 18, the defamation-based legal dispute between Roger Clemens and his former trainer, Brian McNamee,  arising from allegations that the long-time MLB pitcher used performance enhancing drugs, has finally settled. The dispute began over 7 years ago with the publication of the now infamous Mitchell Report.  In the report, pitching trainer, Brian McNamee, accused both Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens of taking performance enhancing drugs banned by the MLB.  Though Pettitte quickly admitted to his use, Clemens denied, and continues to deny,…

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Biogenesis Leader Bosch Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison

On Tuesday, February 17, steroid supplying, faux-doctor Anthony Bosch was sentenced to four years in federal prison for running an illegal medical clinic  and providing illicit substances to MLB players and high school athletes. Bosch’s phony medical clinic, Biogenesis of America, is responsible for supplying steroids to 14 MLB players including Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, who were penalized by the league for their use of performance enhancing drugs.  Showing tears and remorse in court, District Judge Darrin Gayles was not lenient, expressing contempt for…

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Punches After the Bell

No “Silva” Lining for Diaz as Both Fail Drug Tests: The return of UFC mainstay Anderson (The Spider) Silva took an unfortunate turn following his January 31, 2015 decision victory over Nick Diaz when it was revealed that he tested positive for Drostanolone and Androstane metabolites in a pre-fight drug test.  Unfortunately for Diaz, the positive test will likely be of little benefit to him, as he himself tested positive for marijuana following a post-fight examination.  The double positive, following an exceptionally high profile…

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Yankees Seeking to Avoid Paying Potential $24 Million Bonus to A-Rod

The New York Yankees have made it clear they are still unhappy with Alex Rodriguez despite his return.  A-Rod is preparing to return after a year-long suspension for admitted use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.  At the same time, the Yankees are avoiding contact with the player, hoping to give him as little time playing as possible, and seeking to void his milestones bonus contract. Recently, the Yankees have given A-Rod the cold shoulder a few times.  They have made it clear that he…

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A-Rod Admitted Doping to Federal Agents

On Wednesday, any doubt that Alex Rodriguez had taken performance enhancing drugs was put to rest by the release of a synopsis of the Yankees 3d Baseman’s January meeting with federal prosecutors and DEA agents.  A-Rod admitted to using steroids. Alex Rodriguez missed the entire 2014 season serving a one year suspension from the MLB for using performance enhancing substances.  However, he never failed a drug test.   Since he was originally targeted for doping after admitting to using performance enhancers in the early 2000’s,…

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Punches After the Bell

Ortiz Knocks Himself Out of First Round Knock Out Win: Undefeated heavyweight contender Luis (King Kong) Ortiz appeared to have served notice of his arrival on the world stage back on September 11, 2014 with a first-round knockout of Lateef Kayode.  The win earned him the WBC’s Interim Heavyweight Championship.   In December, however, the Nevada State Athletic Commission sustained Ortiz for 8 months from the date of fight, changed the win to a “no contest,” fined him 10 percent of his purse, and compelled…

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A-Rod’s PED Supplier Surrendered to DEA

The master mind in the Biogenesis scandal surrendered to DEA on Tuesday, tentatively closing a chapter of the two-year Operation Strikeout investigation.  Anthony Bosch, the founder of Biogenesis clinic, and his associates have been charged with conspiracy to distribute steroids.  The doping scandal marred some of Major League Baseball’s famous names like Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz, Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon.  Close to 20 players have been suspended by MLB for having tested positive or for their usage of steroids revealed in clinic…

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