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Power Take: Admission of PED use doesn’t absolve tennis star Sharapova

What, I’m supposed to applaud tennis star Maria Sharapova for admitting she took a performance-enhancing drug, rather than lying about it as so many other athletes have done?

Sorry, I’m not buying. It’s hard to fathom that Sharapova didn’t realize that meldonium, an obscure medicine used to treat angina and heart failure, had been placed on her sport’s list of banned substances.

It’s equally hard to swallow the notion that Sharapova wasn’t taking meldonium to enhance her physical endurance over the past 10 years.

This reminds me of Mark McGwire being found using Androstendione on his way to the home run record in 1998. Andro wasn’t banned in baseball at the time, but that didn’t change the fact that McGwire, who later was exposed as a steroid user, was gaining a competitive advantage.

Imagine if this was Serena Williams, instead of the darling of the advertising world. Serena’s critics would be smugly nodding and saying they suspected Serena was cheating all along.

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