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Is doping a crime in the US?(7 posts)

Is doping a crime in the US?PdxMark
May 21, 2002 9:18 AM
It seems that riders in France & Italy are subject to criminal investigation and prosecution for doping. Is that right? If so, does the crime relate to possession of prescription drugs without a prescription, or is it actually a crime to dope? I think that possession without a prescription would be a crime here (at least it is if you're a Bush daughter in Texas). So what would happen if a cyclist in the US had a doping drug and a prescription for it?

Thanks for your thoughts
sporting fraudmr_spin
May 21, 2002 9:26 AM
My understanding is that at least in Italy, the crime they really care about is not doping, but sporting fraud or falsifying a result. Huge sums of money are bet on races, so they want the races to be legit.

I know people in the USA have gone to jail for point shaving and fixing fights, but I don't think those are necessarily crimes. Usually they get busted for the related crime, such as racketeering or illegal gambling.
In Lance's book "Its Not About The Bike"onespeed
May 21, 2002 9:32 AM
He talks about some of the meds he was on that saved his life that are banned by the USCF and other regulatory agencies. He obviously needed them to live and wasn't riding then. If he were caught with them now I am sure there would be a lot of explaining and perhaps some legal action involved.

I dont know if anyone caught Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel about 2 weeks ago with the piece about smuggling roids across the border. A slap on the wrist and probation for the smugglers and who knows what for the athletes caught using them. Concerning the story though and the smuggler's clients who he said were well known ball players, I haven't read anything about any scandals in baseball.

There were some pretty high profile cases in the press where athletes were stating their cases in front of the camera during the Olympics following their suspension from competing as the result of positive test results for banned substances.

The evidence is there and it is sometimes murky and arbitrary, as execution of the law is most of the time, that if they want to nail you, they will.
Hang on, Jose Conseco is threatening to write a bookLone Gunman
May 21, 2002 11:09 AM
He says is telling tales and naming names and that "85% of baseball players are juiced."
If this is trueonespeed
May 21, 2002 11:39 AM
It tells you how much I pay attention to baseball and other sports.
Naw, we Americans look the other way!TypeOne
May 21, 2002 11:14 AM
Karl Malone, Barry Bonds..the unions for those athletes won't allow drug tests. We all know they are on something but don't seem to mind. Mark McGwire admitted to taking performance enhancers and no one seemed to mind. And the NFL? They'll suspend a guy for 'roids now and then, but please--a majority of those guys have to be juiced. And they aren't hauled into court.
I guess that's why it's hard for me to understand why other countries are prosecuting their athletes. But I do wish the playing field was level and US athletes weren't willing to risk their health for the sake of superstardom. Maybe criminal charges would be good.
But then there would be no professional wrestling...(nm)bike_guy
May 21, 2002 11:50 AM