Originally Posted by VCURamFan
Haha, yeah, I knew that was a bad example, but it made me giggle when it popped into my head, so I posted it anyhow.
I see where you (and the NSAC) are coming from: the metabolite may not be banned, but it’s an indicator that he smoked weed, therefore it counts as weed & he’s now banned. Nick’s lawyer, however, is doing a lawyer’s job: finding the loophole. Regardless of the spirit of the law (which you & the NSAC are abiding by), the letter of the law does not expressly forbid the metabolite, therefore Nick can’t be suspended for having the metabolite in his system.
Just wanted to break this one bit out because the wording happened to catch my attention (sorry, this is going to be a boring, semantics-driven hold over from my philosophy days that really bears very little weight in the overall picture):
“Didn’t stop smoking in time” … for what? In time for any traces of the marijuana to dissipate? Clearly not. But in time for the effects of the marijuana to dissipate? I would argue he did wait long enough, since only an inactive substance was found.
Like I said, pointless little side tangent that caught my attention.
yeah, it was his lawyer and i think cesar who said nick always stops smoking 8 days to let whatever out of his system .. he says he hasn't tested positive since the gomi fight, so he figured 8 days would work .. either his "cleansing" process is off or he didn't really stop smoking 8 days in advance ..
i think though a lot of this has to do with the levels of weed in his system .. and i don't think nsac has released those .. if they were low, then he will and should get off .. if they are high and that number can be extrapolated to deduce he had smoked close to the fight, then he won't get off ..
if you can win an olympic gold medal with weed in your system (ross rebagliati in salt lake i think) and get off saying you were around people who smoked it, then nick should be able to get off this.