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Diesel
Aug 22nd, 2006, 10:23 PM
Gatlin agrees to eight-year ban from track for doping



Story (http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/trackandfield/news/story?id=2557803)




Associated Press

Sprinter Justin Gatlin agreed to an eight-year ban from track and field Tuesday, avoiding a lifetime penalty in exchange for his cooperation with doping authorities and because of the "exceptional circumstances" surrounding his first positive drug test.






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Gatlin is only 24 years old, but his career might be finished.




He will forfeit the world record he tied in May, when he ran the 100 meters in 9.77 seconds.

Gatlin tested positive in April for testosterone or other steroids. In making the agreement with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Gatlin can still appeal to an arbitration panel in the next six months to have the term reduced.

He cannot, however, argue that the test was faulty.

"To his credit, it's recognition that the science is reliable," USADA general counsel Travis Tygart told The Associated Press. "Instead of wasting a bunch of resources attempting to create smoke where there's not any, he's acknowledging the accuracy of the positive test, and in exchange for his agreement to cooperate, we've recognized the nature of his first offense."

The sprinter's first offense came while he was in college and tested positive for banned medicine he was taking to control attention-deficit disorder. He received a two-year ban for that test.

Gatlin has said he didn't know how steroids got into his system this time.

His coach, Trevor Graham, who has been involved with at least a half-dozen athletes who have received drug suspensions, has contended Gatlin tested positive after a vengeful massage therapist used testosterone cream on the runner without his knowledge.

Gatlin's attorney hasn't acknowledged that allegation.

Under the World Anti-Doping Agency code, a second offense calls for a lifetime ban.

At age 24, an eight-year ban would pretty much knock Gatlin out of competition for life. Still, USADA looks at this as a significant compromise -- and the arbitration process could bring Gatlin back much sooner than eight years.

"He accepted liability," Tygart said. "He agreed not to raise technical arguments or frivolous defenses. "He has an opportunity to go to a panel of arbitrators and argue exceptional circumstances."



Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press


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Timariot
Aug 22nd, 2006, 10:45 PM
Gatlin has said he didn't know how steroids got into his system this time.


Yeah, do they ever... :rolleyes:

wipeout
Aug 23rd, 2006, 12:13 AM
He might still be young enough to make a comeback but it's such a huge chunk of his career gone. Guess he'll go off and play American football or something.

Martian KC
Aug 23rd, 2006, 12:38 AM
Ho-hum.

Jeff
Aug 23rd, 2006, 01:04 AM
Ouch..

tenn_ace
Aug 23rd, 2006, 02:40 AM
Gatlin Accepts Eight-Year Ban



as if he had a choice.... :p :haha:

Sam L
Aug 23rd, 2006, 03:02 AM
He might still be young enough to make a comeback but it's such a huge chunk of his career gone. Guess he'll go off and play American football or something.

Is that where they all end up?

tennisbum79
Aug 23rd, 2006, 03:31 AM
The US is fast becoming what East Germany used to be.

Barry Bond and a slew of baseball players, Marion Jones, Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis and on and on..

meyerpl
Aug 23rd, 2006, 03:48 AM
Eight years? Hell, he can do that standing on his head, especially with the right combination of training and performance enhancing substances.

Reuchlin
Aug 23rd, 2006, 04:25 AM
Eight years? Hell, he can do that standing on his head, especially with the right combination of training and performance enhancing substances.
:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :D :D :D :D

timafi
Aug 23rd, 2006, 05:14 AM
Eight years? Hell, he can do that standing on his head, especially with the right combination of training and performance enhancing substances.
:tape: :tape: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

wipeout
Aug 23rd, 2006, 05:25 AM
Is that where they all end up?

Dwain Chambers tried and failed at American football when he got his two year drug ban but Gatlin actually has a background in it. With eight years to spend and his technical ability to sprint at the highest level, I guess that's where Gatlin goes now. He's like 6'1" as well, so he's not a little guy.

serenafan08
Aug 23rd, 2006, 05:41 AM
I was crushed when I read this on ESPN.com. It's really unfortunate, but these athletes have to know that they're going to get caught sometime!!! Drug tests are becoming more extensive and detailed. They won't be able to get away with it so easily now. Hopefully a ban for Marion Jones isn't soon to follow, although I think it is.

GrandSlam05
Aug 23rd, 2006, 05:52 AM
LOL I thought this article was going to be about the ban of Gatlin(g) guns.
As far as the athlete, well, you play with fire, you get burned is all I can say.

Kunal
Aug 23rd, 2006, 07:52 AM
what a waste of a career

CooCooCachoo
Aug 23rd, 2006, 09:31 AM
:ignore:

Nice punishment though. I think such strict bans are the best way to battle the problem.

controlfreak
Aug 23rd, 2006, 11:20 AM
Eight years? Hell, he can do that standing on his head, especially with the right combination of training and performance enhancing substances.

Yes, and with the right drugs he can achieve in three years what would take a normal athlete eight!

wipeout
Aug 23rd, 2006, 11:54 AM
LOL I thought this article was going to be about the ban of Gatlin(g) guns.
As far as the athlete, well, you play with fire, you get burned is all I can say.

You know, I kind of hoped Gatling guns would be banned already. ;)

"No, no. I really do need it for home defence!" :devil:

wipeout
Aug 23rd, 2006, 11:57 AM
I was crushed when I read this on ESPN.com. It's really unfortunate, but these athletes have to know that they're going to get caught sometime!!! Drug tests are becoming more extensive and detailed. They won't be able to get away with it so easily now. Hopefully a ban for Marion Jones isn't soon to follow, although I think it is.

Marion would only get two years so she could come back easily enough, although if her performances were all drug-enhanced then expect her to retire.

SloKid
Aug 23rd, 2006, 12:41 PM
Shouldn't he have gotten a lifetime ban?

Chris 84
Aug 23rd, 2006, 12:47 PM
What a cop-out :rolleyes:

The guy should be banned for life.....those are the rules, so stick with them :rolleyes:

mc8114
Aug 23rd, 2006, 12:50 PM
I'm really dissapointed at the Flandis, Gatlins and Marions of the sports world :( , make me wonder if they even deserve to keep the medals

furrykitten
Aug 23rd, 2006, 12:53 PM
Its sad, why cant they just keep off the drugs and be fair? :(

roarke
Aug 23rd, 2006, 02:04 PM
I guess the saying that crime doesn't pay is not really true!

jrm
Aug 23rd, 2006, 02:07 PM
8 yeras? Yeah, right! He's American ... he'll be back sooner than we think :o

Second ban always meant ban for life :help:

Timariot
Aug 23rd, 2006, 02:24 PM
The US is fast becoming what East Germany used to be.


What you mean, "becoming"? More like "has always been and now exposed as such".

As for Gatlin, he "accepts" the ban, because he knows that it's unlikely to stand. US doping authorities will accept almost any excuse, no matter how ridiculous (just look at Jon Drummond).

TheBoiledEgg
Aug 23rd, 2006, 02:55 PM
wonder whats gonna happen 1st.

Gatlin naming names or someone going around to assisinate him.

he should have got a lifeban :o :o

~CANUCK~
Aug 23rd, 2006, 04:48 PM
Track and feild is a fucking joke. They should start throwing out whole countries like they did for cross crountry sking. Maybe then people will stop if they could be the sole reason for the whole team to be tossed from a big event.

NFFC_FAN
Aug 23rd, 2006, 11:12 PM
I'm really dissapointed at the Flandis, Gatlins and Marions of the sports world :( , make me wonder if they even deserve to keep the medals

Of course they don't deserve to keep them.

People like him should be stripped of every title they've ever won, clean or not.