Finchem’s Attitude at Presser Just Raises More Questions

You can tell the presser…err…pressure…is getting to Tim Finchem. He was downright snippy with the media, taking an almost scandalized tone that they would even dare to ask difficult questions about steroids or conduct detrimental to the PGA Tour.

Alex Miceli has this article laying out the entire back and forth with the scribes.

Question: Have you talked to Tiger or attempted to talk to him?

Tim Finchem: Have I talked to who?

Q: Tiger.

Finchem: I answered this question before. The answer is, I have not.

Q: When?

Finchem: The day I did my press conference (Dec. 17).

Q: It’s a few weeks later.

Finchem: No, I have not talked to Tiger. No, I have not talked to him. I don’t know when I would talk to him.

Q: It’s been three weeks. I just thought I would ask.

Finchem: When I addressed that, I thought I addressed it in this context, that he asks for privacy. We pledged our commitment to give him privacy, so that would include me trying to talk to him.”

I’m sorry…I thought he worked for you…I thought you ran the Tour and he was one of your members…but the denial continued, regarding the infamous Dr. Galea and PEDs…

Q: You also said, according to the transcript, ‘I have no reason to have any concern.’

Finchem: Because of that report, I had no reason.

Q: That comment was widely panned by a number of doping experts, including the head of WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency), who accused you of having your head in the sand.

Finchem: Was he talking about the procedure or the possibility of using HGH (human growth hormone)? I had no report that they said anything about me having my head in the sand.

Q: Well, he said, I quote, unquote, As a doping expert, when I hear in the same question, blood spinning, HGH and Actovegin, I tend to straighten up and have a better look. At least you look into it.

Finchem: I appreciate his advice. I will stand by the response I gave during the press conference. I had no reason to be concerned about the procedure that was reported. I’m not so sure that that’s inconsistent with what he said. I’m not suggesting it is, but I will stand by my response. Do you have another question?

Q: You don’t think maybe you could have phrased it differently?

Finchem: I’m not going to play word games with you. I answered your question. If you have another question, I will try to answer that one.”.”

Miceli finshes on a high note, connecting the dots and calling for greater transparency and common sense.

During this back and forth, Finchem became very frosty, which makes you wonder why….it is almost impossible to dismiss Dr. Anthony Galea, the physician who reportedly has provided multiple treatments of a legal procedure called blood spinning to Woods during the past 12 months.

Blood spinning was not on the Tour’s 2009 banned-substances list. The World Anti-Doping Agency, which sets the standard for testing in sports, has added the procedure to its 2010 list but only when “administered by intramuscular route,” which would not be the method used to help Woods’ recovery from off-season knee surgery in 2008, when he was reported to be injected in the left knee.

Ty Votaw, a Tour executive vice president, said the Tour will add blood spinning via an intramuscular route to its banned-substances list in 2010. However, Votaw said the Tour will not require players to submit a “declaration of use,” which will be mandatory under the WADA policy.

Blood spinning is not an issue, which Finchem underscored to the media. Yet, Finchem was playing word games by evading the question, “Are you concerned that Tiger Woods has been connected to a doctor that uses or used HGH, either for his own use or on patients?”

That’s a question that warrants a straight answer from the Tour’s leader.”

So the next time some apologizing, pandering, enabler tries to tell you that Kultida’s right, Team Woods will be back together and all this will be forgotten, tell them your not so stupid as to be fooled again.

Posted: January 7th, 2010 under News, PGA Tour, Sports and the Media, Steroids in Sports, Tiger Woods.
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