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Maria Sharapova is owed an apology, lawyer says


USA TODAY Sports
11:21 a.m. EDT June 20, 2016

Maria Sharapova is owed an apology for a statement made by WADA president Craig Reedie, according to her lawyer.

At a World Anti-Doping Conference in London, Reedie was quoted as saying, “For me the only satisfactory element in Madame Sharapova’s case was that in one year she can earn more money than the whole of WADA’s budget put together,” according to reporter Ben Bloom of Britain’s Telegraph.

John Haggerty, Sharapova’s attorney, took exception to the comment.

“The statement made today by the WADA president is unprofessional,” Haggerty said in a statement.  “Justice, whether in the eyes of WADA or a court, must be blind, including being blind to a player’s earnings.  Mr. Reedie owes an apology to Maria and to all successful tennis players unless he wants fans to think WADA has different standards for players…

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