Agassi got away with lies – some people do, says ATP
Saturday 21 November 2009
Adam Helfant, the executive chairman and president of the Association of Tennis Professionals, said yesterday that he had told Andre Agassi he was "disappointed" with the American's comments in his autobiography about drug taking.
In the book, published earlier this month, Agassi said that he had failed a drugs test after taking crystal meth but had escaped a ban after lying about the circumstances, claiming that he had mistakenly taken a drink which contained the drug.
The ATP has refused until now to comment on the specifics of the case, but Helfant, having consulted lawyers, said he could now explain what had happened after Agassi failed the test.
"Regrettably when he was confronted with this positive test he lied, which he now admits," Helfant said at the launch of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at London's O2.
"Even more regrettably, he got away with this lie and, in keeping with the rules of the anti-doping programme, no public disclosure was made of this positive test. An independent tribunal found that there was no doping violation. In hindsight you can say that people should not have believed Agassi's story – and with hindsight you would be right. The nature of any appeals process is that some people lie and once in a while they get away with their lies." Helfant said that no retrospective action would be taken against Agassi because he was no longer an active player.
He said that Agassi had telephoned him before publication to explain what he was writing. "I expressed my disappointment to him," Helfant said.
Robin van Persie to Fenerbahce: Manchester United striker 'agrees to personal terms' with Turkish side
Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs posts bizarre video of his Miami holiday being invaded by an iguana
Women's World Cup 2015: England secure third place as they beat Germay in extra time with penalty by Fara Williams
Arsenal transfer news: Gunners will only consider 'astronomical offer' from Atletico Madrid for Santi Cazorla
Why is it that there’s no women’s team at Manchester United? - Michael Calvin
- 1 Isis propaganda video shows 25 Syrian soldiers executed by teenage militants in Palmyra
- 2 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 3 Optical illusion turns blue demon into brunette
- 4 Right to die: Belgian doctors rule depressed 24-year-old woman has right to end her life
- 5 The biggest first date turnoff has been revealed
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Sickness and disability benefits could be reduced by £30 a week as part of £12bn welfare cuts