We give you our 4 thoughts on the decision here:
The one that likely will lead to the most moving forward is #2.
2) A potential real bombshell: Was Tyson Gay using HGH prior to moving to Dallas to work with Jon Drummond in May of 2012?
The report had a potential bombshell in it that was mentioned as a casual aside toward the end of the introduction on page 5 (emphasis added by LetsRun.com):
“In May 2012, Gay moved to Dallas TX to start training with Coach Drummond. Gay expected Drummond to coach him on the track and to advise him about supplements and nutrition. On arriving in Dallas, Gay met with Drummond to discuss supplements that Gay was using. Among the items that Gay brought with him was a bottle labeled “HGH” which someone had given to Gay. Drummond and Gay both agreed that they would not use the HGH because Gay did not want to go that route.”
The above quote blew us away.
In terms of his dealings with Jon Drummond and Dr. Gibson, Tyson Gay comes across as a guy who wanted at least initially to do the right thing and was trying not to cheat as he told both Lauryn Williams and Kelly-Ann Baptiste that he was worried about taking the supplements from Dr. Gibson and asked them what they thought.
The above excerpt is completely at odds with that. The excerpt does not say whether it was Drummond’s contention or Gay’s admission that Gay showed up with a bottle labeled HGH in May 2012. It is just stated as a fact. Now the arbitration report was focused on Jon Drummond’s case and perhaps the arbiters did not realize the can of worms they were possibly opening, but that one sentence leads to a slew of questions.
Who gave Gay the bottle labelled HGH? Had Gay used it and was Gay on drugs before he even started working more closely with Drummond in May 2012? USADA gave every indication they thought Gay wasn’t as Gay’s results were only invalidated from July 15, 2012 onwards by USADA. If he was already on drugs, why did the ban only start in July of 2012?
Tyson Gay got a very light one-year suspension because according to a USADA press release, he “provided substantial assistance to USADA,” yet there was no formal document released by USADA explaining Gay’s suspension. The full Tyson Gay story clearly has not been told which leads us to:
3) Much More Had Better Be Coming from Tyson Gay and USADA
People of letsrun, what's your take?