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eshell
Apr 22nd, 2003, 05:57 PM
She's Clean

LONDON (Reuters) -- Tennis chiefs leapt to the defense of Mary Joe Fernandez on Tuesday, saying any doubt over the Olympic medalist's honesty was "outrageous."


The United States Tennis Association (USTA) made the statement after the former player was named in allegations of a drugs cover-up by the United States Olympic Committee dating back to the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.

Documents released last week suggested that 19 Olympic medalists -- including Fernandez -- failed drugs tests between 1988 and 2000 but were allowed to continue competing at top level.

Multiple gold medalist Carl Lewis was also named in the papers released by Wade Exum, the USOC's director for drug control between 1991 and 2000.

Exum's claims -- dismissed by the USOC as groundless -- have prompted leading Olympic athletes, coaches and officials to call for an open investigation.

"Mary Joe Fernandez is America's most decorated tennis Olympian who represents every American and Olympic ideal," said USTA chairman and president Alan Schwartz.

"For her to be recognized as anything but a person of the utmost honesty, integrity and of the highest ethical standard is outrageous."

Fernandez won the bronze in the women's singles in Barcelona in 1996 and was a gold medalist in the women's doubles that year and four years later in Atlanta.

"Mary Joe had a cold while playing at the Miami tournament in 1992 -- five months before the Olympic Games -- and took over-the-counter Sudafed, an accepted remedy at the time under the International Tennis Federation (ITF) anti-doping rules," Schwartz said in a statement.

"Mary Joe has the full support, confidence and admiration of the USTA and we will continue to regard her as one of the finest ambassadors for our sport and for Olympic tennis.

"As the national governing body for tennis in the United States, the USTA takes all USOC and IOC requirements and obligations, including drug compliance issues, very seriously."

Exum's claims were to form part of a lawsuit against the USOC for racial discrimination and wrongful dismissal, the USOC said. The case was dismissed in court through lack of evidence.

His documents identified more than 100 athletes.

USOC spokesman Darryl Seibel has said the organization sees no reason for an audit or review, and that there was no evidence that any of the cases were mishandled.

He added that the new U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) were formed in 2000 because of the same problems revealed in the documents.

I'm not sure if this has been posted.

venusfan
Apr 22nd, 2003, 06:00 PM
I always knew Mary took drugs

Messenger
Apr 22nd, 2003, 06:02 PM
She wouldn't knowingly cheat.

Messenger
Apr 22nd, 2003, 06:03 PM
I always knew Mary took drugs

Yes but there's nothing wrong with Creatine. After all, it did help her win the French.

Dawn Marie
Apr 22nd, 2003, 06:10 PM
ESPN now should fire her! I hope this gives those boys the incentive to do it!

MarcusRock
Apr 22nd, 2003, 06:12 PM
Does THIS look like a drug taker? Come on now. ;)

http://www.angelfire.com/rock3/marcusrock/MaryJo1.jpg

Spirit
Apr 22nd, 2003, 06:16 PM
LOL! Yes, that's Mary-Joe, waiting on the street corner for her supplier to show up.

What's that woman next to her doing, choking herself?

Spirit
Apr 22nd, 2003, 06:17 PM
That photo changed while I was typing my message!!! She was choking herself in the first one.

You're tricky, MR.

Dawn Marie
Apr 22nd, 2003, 06:18 PM
It looks like she is in the process of making a deal.. Lmao!

G-Ha
Apr 22nd, 2003, 06:23 PM
ESPN now should fire her! I hope this gives those boys the incentive to do it!

I wasn't aware that ESPN had a list of banned substances for broadcasters that Mary Joe violated. Yeah, I guess that Sudafed could give her extra energy so that she beats Pam to the microphone thus giving her an unfair advantage. LMAO.

harloo
Apr 22nd, 2003, 06:27 PM
Another cover up. :sad: Too bad Mary Jo was doping. Johnny Mac was doping also, and they tried to cover that up also. The USTA should be ashamed of themselves.

griffin
Apr 22nd, 2003, 06:29 PM
Yes but there's nothing wrong with Creatine. After all, it did help her win the French.

Mary PIERCE to Creatine - MJ took cold medicine (one that was NOT against the ITF's rules at the time). Jeeziz, get your Mary's straight.

Messenger
Apr 22nd, 2003, 06:32 PM
Mary PIERCE to Creatine - MJ took cold medicine (one that was NOT against the ITF's rules at the time). Jeeziz, get your Mary's straight.

Oh but venusfan was referring to Mary Pierce wasn't he?

*innocent*

Anna Kournikova
Apr 22nd, 2003, 06:33 PM
I wasn't aware that ESPN had a list of banned substances for broadcasters that Mary Joe violated. Yeah, I guess that Sudafed could give her extra energy so that she beats Pam to the microphone thus giving her an unfair advantage. LMAO.

If any commentator is on drugs is Pam. Or if she isn't then she should be on them. A few steroids might make her voice deeper and less annoying. Plus she already looks like a guy... a little bit more of testosterone in her body and she'll be 95% of the way there!

Kart
Apr 22nd, 2003, 06:38 PM
Yes but there's nothing wrong with Creatine. After all, it did help her win the French.

LOL :D.

Jakeev
Apr 22nd, 2003, 06:40 PM
I totally support Mary Jo 100%. For those who want to bash her over this stupid incident, it's because they refuse or do not have the ability to see the reality of the situation.

I am sure if Mary Jo knew that Sudafed, something I take myself, had a chemical that was a banned substance in the Olympics, she would not have taken it.

All this hoopla over a cold medication what a friggen joke. And what's even a bigger joke are those that hate Mary Jo are using this to heighten the fact they don't like her as a commentator.

I need to get some air freshner cause the stench of this topic is seeping throught my monitor..........

Kart
Apr 22nd, 2003, 06:41 PM
As for MJ Fernandez, I'd like to blame drugs for her win in the French open QF 1993 but I'm afraid I have to admit that she never really came across to me as a cheat.

Lindsayfan
Apr 22nd, 2003, 06:43 PM
i dont think she took drugs...she is honest in my eyes.

griffin
Apr 22nd, 2003, 06:49 PM
Oh but venusfan was referring to Mary Pierce wasn't he?

*innocent*

OK, then I'm dope-slapping venusfan. :wavey:

G-Ha
Apr 22nd, 2003, 06:49 PM
I agree with Jakeev.

Pseudoephedrine is a banned substance, but it is an active ingredient in Sudafed, which was an acceptable cold remedy under the ITF anti-doping policies. With the Olympics only months away, perhaps she should have checked if Sudafed was also acceptable under the IOC's rules, but labelling her as a "cheat" and "doper" based on Sudafed is ridiculous.

I also find it interesting that many of the people currently bashing her over this, are in the fact the exact same ones we've seen bash her over her alleged bias against certain players.

MarcusRock
Apr 22nd, 2003, 06:50 PM
That photo changed while I was typing my message!!! She was choking herself in the first one.

You're tricky, MR.Yeah I meant to use the one that's there now but I forgot what I numbered it on my site. Now that I think about it, the one of the woman next to Mary Jo choking herself is more appropriate because we can always say that she's in such dire need of her fix from Mary Jo that she'd rather kill herself than go without it. LOL. Yeah, that's it. I'm changing it back.

Spirit
Apr 22nd, 2003, 07:21 PM
I wasn't aware that ESPN had a list of banned substances for broadcasters that Mary Joe violated. Yeah, I guess that Sudafed could give her extra energy so that she beats Pam to the microphone thus giving her an unfair advantage. LMAO.

ROTFL!!!! Good one!

Mary-Joe is a really nice, good person. My mind balks at the very thought of her attempting to cheat at anything.

She's also hot, but then, I never miss a chance to let people know that.

WtaTour4Ever
Apr 22nd, 2003, 08:07 PM
I want to see receipts :D



Hahaha :-)

venusfan
Apr 22nd, 2003, 08:50 PM
:) Johny took cocaine however, he's not listed as a cheat and Mary and that Ferandez lady are said to be drug cheats..

Jakeev
Apr 23rd, 2003, 06:02 PM
ROTFL!!!! Good one!

Mary-Joe is a really nice, good person. My mind balks at the very thought of her attempting to cheat at anything.

She's also hot, but then, I never miss a chance to let people know that.

Nicely said......

the cat
Apr 23rd, 2003, 08:28 PM
This is a bunch of rubbish! :mad: Mary Jo a wonderful person in my eyes! :angel: Do you have any idea how many times I've taken Sudafed over the years? Thank heavens the USTA of which I'm a member, came to Mary Jo's defense and set the record straight.