Boonen says his drink was spiked

17th June 2008, Comments 5 comments

The Belgian cyclist, who tested positive for cocaine, protests his innocence and claims that the drug was put into his drink in a bar.

17 June 2008

BRUSSELS - Belgian cyclist Tom Boonen on Monday protested his innocence again over a positive doping test for cocaine, reportedly telling prosecutors that the drug was put into his drink in a bar.

The Gazet de Antwerpen paper said that the 2005 world champion Boonen told prosecutors in Turnhout that he went to a bar in his home town of Mol to have a few drinks with his girlfriend. He said he then felt sick and went home.

Boonen tested positive for traces of cocaine at an out-of- competition test on 25 May. He doesn't face sanctions from the ruling body UCI because it rates cocaine abuse only a doping offence at competitions.

[dpa / Expatica]

5 Comments To This Article

  • Cipone posted:

    on 17th June 2008, 15:51:45 - Reply

    We're not talking about "stars" here, we're talking first of all about a talented sportsman, a really good one, not Britney Spears. I'm not necessarily saying that he is innocent. I'm just saying that people with talent can get knocked out too easily. The public is a sucker for sensational news and the media are taking advantage of this. There's no presumption of innocence in the mind of the public. What if it will prove to be a lie. How can Tom get back what he lost ? The public will apologize for executing him without trial? The media ? The cyclist organizations that are banning him ? There is still an inquiry going on.
    He was caught with cocaine in his blood, he was not caught consuming cocaine. I believe the media should have waited until the matter got cleared.
  • Jim Steele posted:

    on 17th June 2008, 15:36:55 - Reply

    Now just a reality check here.
    Do you really believe Tom is innocent?
    I mean here is a star who could not contain it. He was checked for drugs and he got caught. We really have to stop making excuses for "stars".
  • Cipone posted:

    on 17th June 2008, 15:09:25 - Reply

    it's really easy to accuse people who are in the spotlight. at the same time it's very difficult for them to prove if they are innocent.
    It's not a good situation to be in ..
  • Jim Steele posted:

    on 17th June 2008, 15:06:32 - Reply

    Lets get real here folks.
    Tom's image would ascend in the views of the world of bike racing by admitting he screwed up.
    Stop with the excuses already. This silly plea is not going to work.
    Tom, as much as I like you, you are done like dinner old sock.
  • Cipone posted:

    on 17th June 2008, 10:53:20 - Reply

    could very well be true .. there are a lot of passions involved in high performance sporting so maybe someone just wanted to make Tom lose it all.