‘Russell is a clean athlete’

Calling his client a “clean athlete”, Kingston lawyer Patrick Foster has said he “disagrees” with the one-year ban imposed on West Indies allrounder Andre Russell by an independent anti-doping tribunal on Tuesday.

The tribunal found Russell guilty of failing to file his whereabouts three times in 2015. Under the World Anti-Doping Agency code, three misses within one year amounts to a single failed dope test.
Immediately after the three-member tribunal delivered its verdict in Russell’s home town Kingston, his lawyer Foster issued a media release, stating there was a “possibility” of an appeal being filed.

“Mr Russell and his legal team are carefully reading and reviewing the ruling as regards the next steps and the possibility of an early appeal of the decision of the Panel’s ruling,” Foster said. “While we respect the ruling, we respectfully disagree with it and are very disappointed that the Panel saw it fit to impose a one-year ineligibility period.”

During the hearings that took place last year, Russell’s legal team had contested the allegation levelled against the player that he was “grossly negligent” about filing his whereabouts despite several reminders. That allegation was made by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) through a case filed last March.

Just as he had stressed during the hearings, Foster said yesterday that his client has never violated any doping rules. “Throughout his career as an international and domestic T20 cricketer, Mr. Russell has been tested on many occasions by various anti-doping agencies/bodies in several countries pursuant to WADA guidelines and he has never registered an adverse analytical finding.”

Foster pointed out that the tribunal itself in its ruling seemed to have agreed with Russell’s conduct. “We note that in the ruling, the Panel states that they believe, ‘…in the instant case the Respondent athlete as per the evidence heard, has not displayed a pattern of last minute Whereabouts Changes or other conduct which raise a serious suspicion that the athlete was trying to avoid being available for testing….’ This aspect of the Panel’s decision we wholeheartedly agree with.”

Foster said that Russell would continue to adhere to the rules even as he decides his next step on whether to challenge the verdict.

“Mr. Russell is a clean athlete who seeks to uphold the integrity of Cricket. He respects and makes every effort to be compliant with the rules of sport generally, cricket and to comply with anti-doping rules and procedures. Our client will continue to cooperate fully with JADCO and WADA.”

Source: (cricinfo)

6 Responses to ‘Russell is a clean athlete’

  1. harry turnover February 2, 2017 at 6:01 am

    How you know that ? only Russell knows that.If he was clean he would not have as he say forgotten to do this and that.
    Now he will be very careful how he does this and that.

  2. Rupert Greaves February 2, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Harry Turnover, you asked the man how he knows that. Now you are saying what Russell would or would not have done.
    How you know that?

    • harry turnover February 3, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      Rupert Greaves and Mickey what wunna saying though ? there are LAWS and IGNORANCE of the Law is no excuse in criminal matters
      The man BROKE a LAW and was found GUILTY that means HE DID IT and what wunna expect a LAWYER would say about someone he is DEFENDING ?
      …..and furthermore the evidence ( what HE DID ) is an UNDISPUTED FACT.
      People like the two ah wunna cor blumma feel that wunna know everything but ignorance of common sense and the non ability to understand basic English are no excuses.
      Clearly this too high for wunna from your nonsensical replies.Try and see if wunna could get them deleted before others read them.

  3. Mikey February 2, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Yuh rite Rupert,,, these “know-alls” always commenting on things that are too high for them.
    The lawyer does not know that Russell is clean but Turnover(Rock cake) knows what Russel will or will not do !!! Cheeze don bread(turnover!)

    • harry turnover February 3, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      You is a parrot or wha ? Only Russell KNOWS what he will do or would not do…only YOU know what you would do or would not do…..man that is BASIC common sense….lord have mercy man YOU DON”T KNOW THAT ?
      Russells Lawyer is there to DEFEND HIM so what do you expect him to say ? that he is NOT CLEAN ?
      A Lawyer defending a murderer will go all out to say his CLIENT is NOT GUILTY…although someone is dead.

  4. phil February 3, 2017 at 10:48 am

    well im not gonna say he’s guilty of taking the ban substance he he sure is guily of violating the rules. all the excuses in world cant excuse him of the violation. if you do the crime then prepare to do the time. and it was said he was being very arrogant at his hearings as if he’s above the law.you are not steven segall.


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