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Pound welcomes McGwire's Hall of Fame rejection; slams Merriman's 4-game ban

Pound welcomes McGwire's Hall of Fame rejection; slams Merriman's 4-game ban

World Anti-Doping Agency chief Dick Pound welcomed the rejection of Mark McGwire for baseball's Hall of Fame and criticized the four-game steroid suspension of NFL star Shawne Merriman as far too light.
Pound said the voters' rejection of McGwire in his first year of eligibility was a sign that the American public is becoming less tolerant of doping in sports.
"Despite the impressive statistical record of Mark McGwire only 23.5 percent of the media voted for his inclusion in the Hall of Fame," Pound said Wednesday at a WADA symposium.
"They understand that what happens at the elite level of sports has a trickle down effect on their children."
The former St. Louis Cardinals slugger, who retired in 2001, was denied baseball's highest honor early this month in his first time on the ballot. Amid questions about his role in baseball's steroid era, McGwire fell far short of the 75 percent needed for induction.
McGwire finished with 583 home runs, seventh on the career list, and hit a then season record 70 homers in 1998. But his legacy has been tarnished by accusations of steroid use and his refusal to address his past during a 2005 congressional hearing.
Pound, meanwhile, was scathing about the four-game suspension given to Merriman this season after the San Diego Chargers linebacker violated the NFL's steroids policy.
"He was suspended for four games and is now back playing," Pound said. "He still has the advantage of the steroids. That is the kind of sanction that should possibly be increased."
Merriman, who led the league with 17 sacks and made the All-Pro team, has denied he's a steroid cheat and blamed his positive test on a tainted supplement. The Chargers lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC playoffs two weeks ago.
WADA is currently revising its code and wants to go beyond the maximum two-year suspension for some first cases of steroid abuse.
"We will take into account the long-term benefits of some doping methods when we assess sanctions," Pound said.
He said the length of sanctions was WADA's main problem with U.S. pro leagues.
"Football _ four games for steroids. Frankly that is not serious," Pound said. "In baseball, it is less than third of a season. If you are against doping, you have to find a way to be against it."


Updated : 2021-10-19 07:27 GMT+08:00