Fink on friends for reduced sentence!
The “Drug Free Sports Act” has a crazy 2-year penalty on first test, but skip that for a minute.
From the Associated Press article:
The legislation offered by Davis allows for reduced penalties if a player can prove in an appeal he didn’t know he was using a prohibited substance or if he were to provide information on someone else violating the drug policy.
First, how do you prove that? Produce a tainted supplement? Couldn’t you just taint it yourself?
All kinds of problems there. But the really disturbing part —
if he were to provide information on someone else violating the drug policy
This has so many possible unintended consequences that it’s crazy. The first thing I thought of was that it would behoove a player to get their friends to violate the drug policy so you could fink on them. Then I started to think what you should do is fink on someone for something they didn’t do — using a drug with a really short cycle, for instance, or something undetectable like HGH.
It’s a huge incentive to lie, cheat, and steal to save your own hide, and a particularly misguided piece of a bad bit of legislation.