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Danica Patrick Isn’t A Big Fan Of Thinking Before Speaking

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Danica Patrick got herself in a bit of hot water with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency due to her comments in an interview with Dan Patrick published in Sports Illustrated. When asked whether she could take performance-enhancing drugs and not get caught, would she take them, Patrick replied, “Well, then it’s not cheating, is it? If nobody finds out?” Then when Patrick pressed her on the issue, asking her if she would actually take PEDs, this was her reply:

“Yeah, it would be like finding a gray area. In motorsports, we work in the gray areas a lot. You’re trying to find where the holes are in the rule book.”

Obviously, the dopes at the USADA weren’t very impressed with Patrick’s comments. USADA CEO Travis Tygart referred to her statement as “totally irresponsible” and added:

“In one interview, she undercut what millions of parents try their best to teach their kids everyday in this country, that winners never cheat and cheaters never win.”

Patrick (or her publicist) claims her comments were intended to be a joke.

“There is a lot of sensitivity in our culture about (performance-enhancing drugs). With all the baseball stuff, I’ve followed it and this is a real problem. It’s a shame kids think they have to do this to get ahead. It’s very dangerous.”

Well, no shit, Sherlock. And of course, this little controversy will swirl for a few days and be quickly forgotten.

Even though her claims that it was intended as a joke will probably be sufficient, if it were me, I would have used this excuse:

“Was that wrong? Should I have not done that? I tell you, I gotta plead ingnorance on this thing because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started this interview that that sort of thing was frowned upon, you know, ’cause I’ve done a lot of interviews and I tell you peope do that all the time.”

Why would I have used that excuse? It’s simple. It’s a Seinfeld reference and like most people, I am lazy and uncreative. Duh.

USADA says Danica’s comments to SI on doping ‘totally irresponsible’ [SI.com/AP]