Yesterday while at work, my sister informed me that Sharapova failed a doping test at the 2016 Australian Open. Now, some of y’all may have heard about the story and thought that it wasn’t a big deal, well it is.
From the jump, my first reaction was All them drugs, and she still couldn’t beat Serena. I mean, who isn’t thinking that? But on a serious note, I loathe- I absolutely hate athletes that abuse ergogenic aids to get a unfair advantage in their competition. This stems back to my days as a competitive (tennis) athlete when someone clearly lied about a line call. I didn’t know the word back then, but I was pissed. [Not using illegal substances, but still lying.] A bad call usually resulted in me getting infuriated, then whopping their ass: Game. Set. Match – Muse. As a professional athlete, it is your job to know about illegal steroid or ergogenic aid usage. Okay fine, you might not be doing the research that you need to, but you have trainers and coaches that are there to support you, and ensuring that you’re not doping is or should be a key duty! I know rules change frequently in terms of what is legal, what dosage is allowed, etc, but you are supposed to know this- this is your job.