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Richard Gasquet’s Cocaine Excuse Blows Martina Hingis

by | 17th, July 2009

martina-hingis RICHARD Gasquet plays tennis for more then two weeks a year and, thus, as a professional is banned from taking cocaine he tested positive for in May and was duly banned from the game for two years.

But now that crime has been expunged and Gasquet has blown back. Get this:

“…the Tribunal accepted Mr Gasquet’s plea of No Significant Fault or Negligence, on the basis that he was able to demonstrate on the balance of probabilities how the cocaine entered his system (through inadvertent contamination in a nightclub the night before his scheduled match).”

Do you see? Gasquet kissed a girl in a Miami nightclub who happened to have cocaine on her lips.

Unlucky indeed that Gasquet should then be tested for drugs and the kiss be potent enough to trigger a positive result.

The tribunal states:

“The expert witnesses agree that the ingestion probably occurred from the period 2am-6am on March 28. The player was at Set for most of that period. We accept the player’s evidence that he was not with Pamela at every moment while at the club, but we think it is likely that Pamela had the opportunity to take cocaine while not with him.

“We conclude that it is more likely than not that the cocaine detected in the player’s urine sample entered by means of Pamela’s kissing in the period between from about 2am to 5am that morning. If the cocaine had been ingested earlier, the quantity was so small and the half life of the drug is so short, it would have been undetectable in the player’s urine.

“We conclude that Pamela had herself, deliberately or otherwise, ingested cocaine before contaminating the player. It follows that the player had discharged the onus on him of showing that the prohibited substance entered his system and is therefore in principle entitled to rely on the defences of no fault or negligence or no significant fault or negligence.”

Anyone else remember Martina Hingis , The five-time Grand Slam champion who tested

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