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Pro wrestling to institute random drug testing (sports.espn.go.com)

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    WWE, whose wrestling programming is among the highest-rated on cable television, said it will announce details of the new testing procedure in the coming weeks. Chairman Vince McMahon told wrestlers last week that the new policy would involve frequent, random tests conducted by an independent agency.

    "The policy is going to be very fair. No special consideration for any one," McMahon said.

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    "We believe that this new policy is appropriate and important to ensure the health and well-being of our talent," WWE spokesman Gary Davis said in explaining the change.

    Previously, WWE tested for drugs only when it saw a need.

    Davis also cited the current focus on drug and steroid use in sports; Major League Baseball recently strengthened its steroids policy under pressure from Congress.
Basically, nothing new, except for the statement that no special exceptions would be made gets out into the mainstream, so now they pretty much have to stand by it if they want this to be taken seriously.

I'm still wondering what the penalties for a failed test are going to be, though I'd gather that it wouldn't be good for business if the first offense involved a long suspension like major professional sports (so my guess is that it'll be a big hit in the offender's wallet, along with mandatory treatment if we're talking about an addicting drug).



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I also heard this on the ABCNews radio hourly update last night. The death of Eddie was cited as a direct cause of the policy, which, to the casual listener, makes his death seem directly caused by steroids.

I wonder if any wrestler moved down to OVW or suspended for personal conduct will automatically be rumored to have failed a test.



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I imagine the punishment(s) will be revealed with all the other information the E plans on releasing over the next few weeks. I seem to remember McMahon saying during the meeting in the UK that any abuse found of perscription drugs would result in the wrestler being immediately sent to rehab; I would imagine the same would go for any other addictive (physically or psychologically) drug found in a wrestler's system.

I would imagine (a better word might be "hope") that a first offense for steroid use wouldn't result in automatic dismissal, but maybe a suspension with a fine and/or probationary period, especially considering that steroids can stay in an individual's system for quite a long time after s/he has stopped using them.

    Originally posted by Texas Kelly
    Basically, nothing new, except for the statement that no special exceptions would be made gets out into the mainstream, so now they pretty much have to stand by it if they want this to be taken seriously.


Agreed.

I hate to bring this up again (and I dread saying this), but if they're going to come out and publicly make that statement then it's more or less a guarantee that unless he stops smoking pot, RVD's going to be hit with whatever punishment they decide to institute (or maybe even shown the door).

Yeah, I don't like it either, but there's too much mainstream press attention on this issue and ensuing policy now for them to simply dismiss it. Sure, it's just pot, but unfortunately there'll be at least one journalist who will emphasize the fact that RVD is very vocal about his use of marijuana, and that him being given a pass undermines the integrity of the entire system.




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    Originally posted by Deputy Marshall
    I hate to bring this up again (and I dread saying this), but if they're going to come out and publicly make that statement then it's more or less a guarantee that unless he stops smoking pot, RVD's going to be hit with whatever punishment they decide to institute (or maybe even shown the door).

    Yeah, I don't like it either, but there's too much mainstream press attention on this issue and ensuing policy now for them to simply dismiss it. Sure, it's just pot, but unfortunately there'll be at least one journalist who will emphasize the fact that RVD is very vocal about his use of marijuana, and that him being given a pass undermines the integrity of the entire system.
That assumes that they see marijuana as one of the harmful drugs to be cautious of. They've said rehab first, and I can't picture them sending anyone to rehab for pot.
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They actually reported this on the 5 AM local news here (KOMO-TV) this morning, too.



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This is good news, but I'm still pissed at the continued trend of "wait until something bad happens before we do anything about it". Eddie's dead, and they knew drugs and steroids have been a problem since way before he used them. The other names are countless.
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Dan Patrick just touched on it on ESPN Radio too. He also made it sound like the new drug policy was influenced by Eddie's death (which it was, of course).




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    Originally posted by FurryHippie
    This is good news, but I'm still pissed at the continued trend of "wait until something bad happens before we do anything about it". Eddie's dead, and they knew drugs and steroids have been a problem since way before he used them. The other names are countless.


See, the thing is Eddie's death probably wouldn't have been prevented by drug testing anyway. Pillman failed a test, didn't he? Davey was fired, then came back a little smaller and never failed another test, ditto for Warrior.

I'm much more optimistic about the the cardio-vascular examinations. I think those tests are going to let them get a look at these guys' hearts. If they'd known his heart was so bad, they could have done a lot more for him.

Drug testing alone is not really the answer. Anyone who wants to keep juicing and to find a way around getting caught isn't going to be able to pull that off.



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Why do I have this pessimistic part of me saying he's only doing this for the attention? Maybe this death really has made Vince wake up and realize he needed to do something.

Or....maybe it's possible that steroids have been getting HUGE airtime all over the place this year so if he comes out with a plan he could get the WWE talked about a bit more. Which seems to have worked at least to a small degree. Hell this story has gotten more national play than Eddie's actual death.

So if by chance the second option is true, what would get even more air time? Actually suspending a well known wrestler.

Again, maybe he has their best interests at heart here. Or maybe this is him taking yet another national issue and playing it for ratings. It's not like he's shown to be above that sort of thing. If someone does get suspended, what are the chances they DON'T do a storyline involving it?
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