Sharapova lawyer blasts WADA chief over income comment
New York: Maria Sharapova’s lawyer John Haggerty hit out at World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) head Craig Reedie for remarks he made about the Russian tennis star’s income.
Talking at a WADA symposium in London on Monday, Reedie griped that his association’s yearly spending plan of $30 million (26.5 million euros) was possibly not exactly Sharapova’s yearly profit.
In any case, that brought an incensed reprimand from Haggerty.
“The announcement made today by the WADA president is amateurish,” said the lawyer in an announcement.
“Equity, whether according to WADA or a court, must be visually impaired, including being incognizant in regards to a player’s profit.
“Mr. Reedie owes a statement of regret to Maria and to all effective tennis players unless he needs fans to think WADA has distinctive models for players relying upon their positioning and income.”
Sharapova was banned for a long time by the International Tennis Federation prior this month in the wake of conceding in March she had taken the banned drug meldonium.
The 29-year-old has promised to challenge her boycott at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Reedie said on Monday that WADA was punching over its weight because of its restricted spending plan yet recommended that it was a fulfillment to have gotten Sharapova in spite of her capability to win more than that in a year.