What is going on with the news? If it isn't water boarding tortures, or Donald Rumsfeld memos or writer's strikes, or global warmings, it is about pro athletes denying the latest drug charges.
Snorting back tears, Martina Hingis retired from professional tennis when cocaine turned up in her urine drug tests taken at Wimbledon. The LA Times carries this story.
Hingis, a five-time Grand Slam champion and former Wimbledon winner, denied using cocaine.
"I find this accusation so horrendous, so monstrous that I've decided to confront it head on by talking to the press," she said. "I am frustrated and angry. I believe that I am absolutely 100 percent innocent."
Where is Dog Chapman when you need him to investigate these drug testing companies that mix up samples (guess he has his own problems)? Both Hingis 'A' and 'B' samples snowed positive.
Hingis said she was accused by "an outsource testing company" of taking cocaine during Wimbledon. She said she was "shocked and appalled" when notified that her urine sample came back positive after the loss to Granville...
Hingis said she later underwent a privately arranged hair test which came back negative for cocaine. The official backup "B" sample test on her Wimbledon urine sample, however, tested positive for the drug.
Hingis said she hired an attorney who found "various inconsistencies" with the urine sample taken during Wimbledon.
"He is also convinced that the doping officials mishandled the process and would not be able to prove that the urine that was tested for cocaine actually came from me," she said.
The World Tennis Association (WTA) does not yet know about Hingis' problems. So why the rush to judgment?
WTA Tour chief executive Larry Scott said the tour had not received any official information about a positive test and "as a result we are not in a position to comment on the matter."
"However, it is important to remember that in the area of anti-doping, all players are presumed innocent until proven otherwise," Scott said.
BTW, there exist any number of clever blog writers to cover for those striking guild writers...