What evidence do we have that these were small quantities of DHEA? Merritt is the lone source of our information, and has only said two things: I tested positive, and I have an excuse.
Avocados Number wrote:
just dumb wrote:
This press release is written to make us feel sympathetic towards Merritt but no one should. He is a professional athlete who is responsible for knowing what he is ingesting, and the make up of those items, in relation to the USADA list. There has also been plenty of talk about male enhancement products as possible performance enhancers (outside of the bedroom!). There is no excuse, and consequently no sympathy.
What a silly thing to say. There may be good reasons for the "strict liability" rule of WADA and USADA, but that doesn't mean that one shouldn't feel sympathetic toward an athlete who inadvertently violates the rule by using a common over-the-counter supplement, especially where there is approximately zero evidence that small quantities of exogenous DHEA provide any competitive advantages for a 400-meter runner (or anyone else). Maybe there's more to the story, and perhaps Merritt did something more sinister, but I'm not inclined to jump to any such conclusions at this point.
And as far as Wariner regaining the top spot, it's not going to happen. The name is Torrin Lawrence.