Man, I was going to take today to just give Sugar Shane a shout-out with the KO of the Day since Mosley-Judah's not going down, but the bad news about Shane is back to the forefront.
As we all know, Shane Mosley was accused last September of doping prior to his second fight with Oscar de la Hoya. Mosley did not deny taking the drugs; he did deny knowing ahead of time what they were, despite now-infamous names like BALCO's Victor Conte saying he absolutely knew what he was doing. It wasn't the first time it was brought up, as he had testified before a grand jury way back in 2003.
My stance at the time was simple: Shane Mosley is a professional athlete that takes immaculate care of his body and while I think he's a class act and a good guy, it's really hard for me to buy that he would take something without knowing EXACTLY what it was. An athlete's body is crucial to their entire life; they're not going to put something in there without having the facts.
Today, more is spilling out about the whole mess. Former trainer Derryl Hudson says that he knows that Shane knew what he was doing "because I discussed that fact with Mr. Mosley both during and after our visit to BALCO. Mr. Mosley admitted to me that he knew the drugs provided to him by Mr. Conte were illegal performance-enhancing drugs. It was entirely Mr. Mosley's decision to use the banned drugs."
But Mosley's attorney is not backing down. He says that Hudson is simply a bitter individual who was fired by his client for "incompetence," claiming that both Winky Wright and Jeff Lacy did the same thing.
I like Shane Mosley. I always have and I always will. But you do have to admit, no matter what, that the whole thing is a little more than fishy. Does anyone really buy in this day and age that Shane didn't know what he was taking?