Whether or not you are on Maria Sharapova‘s side, it can’t be argued that her career and legacy have been permanently damaged by the failed Meldonium doping test and in a recent interview on Movistar the Russian stated that it was the fault of her agent Max Eisenbud.
Tennis World USA quotes Sharapova:
When there are more people on a team, each has its own task. I worked with the doctor and I told my manager to check all the banned drugs, it was the end of 2015 and he had personal problems.
He didn’t and we know how it turned out. It was a serious mistake. The ITF accused me that I was hiding from taking Meldonium, but in reality I never did that, it was very painful and I felt vulnerable.
The five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova bravely went out in front of the world and announced her failed drug test in March 2016. In June 2016 the ITF tribunal concluded that she did not do the drug treatment for the purpose of obtaining a performance-enhancing substance. With their decision of a two-year suspension, later reduced to 15 months, the ITF tribunal unanimously concluded that what Sharapova did was not intentional.