Patrick McEnroe feels Simona Halep cant be considered "a victim" and that she should have some responsibility following a failed doping test. On Friday, the ITIA announced Halep was being provisionally suspended after testing positive for the anti-anaemia drug Roxadustat.
Minutes after the ITIA announcement, Halep released a statement, in which she said it was "the most shocking news" of her life. Halep, a two-time Grand Slam champion, enjoys one of the best reputations on the WTA Tour. Because of that, many were left absolutely shocked after the doping suspension.
McEnroe acknowledges that Halep is a very nice person, but suggests that she should accept some responsibility even if she unknowingly or unpurposely took a prohibited substance.
McEnroe: Halep has to accept responsibility for what happened
“As far as I know her, (she has) been a tremendously polite, nice person, but again, that is neither here nor there when it comes to whether or not she actually took the drug or not.
She is not saying (that) she didn’t take the drug. At least in her comment, she is saying that she never knowingly took any prohibited substance. Someone could have given her vitamins, recovery stuff that’s legal and then, possibly could have given her something that was also, illegal, so obviously the athlete has to be well aware of that.
Let’s just say, for the sake of the argument that, that happened. Then, it’s still a positive test. Now whether it gets proven somehow that somebody gave it to her and she didn’t know about it, maybe that could make whatever ban she gets, not quite as serious.
I don’t think we should say that Simona, in this case, is a victim. You have to be, as an athlete, responsible. She’s a grown woman. She’s a very successful tennis player throughout her career," McEnroe said on his podcast, as quoted on Sportskeeda.