Last updated on: 7/30/2009 | Author:

Bonnie D. Ford Biography

ESPN Columnist
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"

“The first word that came to mind after Richard Gasquet confirmed his positive test for cocaine — a venal sin he denies committing — was a French word, although it gets a pretty good workout in English.

How banal. Hard on the heels of the Manny Ramirez suspension and set alongside the doping cases involving major stars in baseball, cycling and track over the past few years, Gasquet’s alleged offense seems relatively mundane, a throwback to the old days when athletes abused Scotch and cigarettes rather than steroids and EPO.

The World Anti-Doping Agency code treats cocaine and other ‘recreational’ drugs with a certain ambivalence. Coke is not considered an effective performance enhancer because its boost is so short-term and the inevitable crash that follows so counterproductive. But it is a stimulant, and it is illegal…

So WADA splits the difference. If an athlete tests positive for cocaine in an out-of-competition control, it’s not deemed a doping offense. A positive test during a competition, however, is treated like a regular violation, which means Gasquet could face up to a two-year suspension…

It would be careless, at the very least, to risk having cocaine in your system during a major competition. And sadly, that thought is not terribly surprising where Gasquet is concerned.”

“Pressure Too Much for Gasquet,”, May 11, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • ESPN Columnist, Sep. 2005-present
  • Head Tennis Writer,
  • Board member, International Tennis Writers Association
  • Former sports writer, Chicago Tribune
  • Former sports writer, Boston Globe
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  • Published many articles under her maiden name, Bonnie DeSimone
  • Twitter handle: @Bonnie_D_Ford