Maria Sharapova has now taken to Facebook to defend herself

Just when we thought allegations of doping within sport couldn’t get any more dramatic, Maria Sharapova has taken to Facebook

Just when we thought allegations of doping within sport couldn’t get any more dramatic, Maria Sharapova has taken to Facebook to defend herself with a lengthy written post.

After admitting she failed a drug test for the heart medication Mildronate, the former World No 1 was slapped with a provisional suspension from tennis until her case is dealt with.

High-level sponsors like watchmaker Tag Heuer dropped Sharapova in the hours that followed her admission. Tennis players and sport fans alike called for Sharapova to be banned from future matches.

Now Sharapova has posted a lengthy Facebook post, to offer “truth” and “facts” for her fans.

The tennis star lashed out at “things that have been reported wrong in the media”, and said she is “determined to fight back”.

“The media distort, exaggerate and fail to accurately report the facts about what happened”, Sharapova claimed. “I make no excuses for not knowing about the (Mildronate) ban”.

“A report said that I had been warned five times about the upcoming ban on the medicine I was taking. That is not true and it never happened”.

“I already told you about the December 22, 2015 email I received. Its subject line was ‘Main Changes to the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme for 2016’. I should have paid more attention”.

“But the other ‘communications’? They were buried in newsletters, websites, or handouts”, Sharapova pleaded.

“In order to be aware of this ‘warning’, you had to open an email with a subject line having nothing to do with anti-doping, click on a webpage, enter a password, enter a username, hunt, click, hunt, click, hunt, click, scroll and read”.

“Should I have studied it? Yes. But if you saw this document, you would know what I mean. Again, no excuses, but it’s wrong to say I was warned five times”.

“I’m proud of how I have played the game. I have been honest and upfront. I won’t pretend to be injured so I can hide the truth about my testing”, Sharapova added.

“I look forward to the ITF hearing at which time they will receive my detailed medical records. I hope I will be allowed to play again”.

Maria Sharapova’s admission and latest Facebook rant have many people wondering – Why didn’t the tennis star’s management team handle these drug warnings?

Is there more to this case than Sharapova is letting on? Starts At 60 will bring you more details as this situation unfolds.

Do you think the media has been unfair in reporting about Maria Sharapova’s doping scandal? Or should the tennis star take more responsibility for her own actions?

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Posted by Maria Sharapova on Friday, March 11, 2016

  1. robynwilliamson  

    I think your health is more important, and if you need to take this medication, then that is what you have to do.

  2. Maszki  

    Sharapova HAS taken responsibility for her action… Or didn’t you bother to read your own article. I find this whole issue of performance enhancing ‘drugs’ pathetic as virtually every item of food or drink consumed by an athlete is a performance enhancing item. You have a headache before an event so take a tablet? Performance enhancing. Half-way through a marathon and you are dehydrating so take a drink? Performance enhancing. Take a knock and receive a cold spray? Performance enhancing. Ultra distance event and you consume an energy bar? Performance enhancing.
    Reality is that every athlete takes or uses something to enhance their performance.

  3. Bob BEVERIDGE  

    If I was making around $30 mill per year, I would pay a team of GOOD people, GOOD MONEY, to read every e/mail in great detail.

    Putin and his mates will probably find her a CUSHY JOB, while she SERVES her 2 or 3 yr BAN ! #

  4. Gene  

    No one to blame but herself, at least now when I watch tennis I won’t be listening to her grunt every time she hits the ball!! Very off putting!

  5. Joy Anne Bourke  

    I agree with robynwilliamson and Maszki.
    Why does the media report incorrectly, not just in this case but many others.
    Maria has taken responsibility but there are circumstances. I hope she can play again after investigating is finished especially since she can prove her medical condition.

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