Saturday, September 13, 2008

It's about time ...

The ATP has finally made a decision about the gambling investigation surrounding Nikolay Davydenko -- although after a year, we could guess that there wasn't much evidence damning the guy.
Unfortunately for Davydenko, a good deal of the damage done can't be undone. That's because of the irresponsible and slow manner of this gambling probe. In that year, he's been warned (by 2 umpires) for not trying hard enough and has had to answer, oh, about twelve gambling questions per press conference everywhere he plays. In that time, he's not flipped out once. Which is pretty good, because he got screwed. The irregular gambling pattern was there, and should have been investigated. It shouldn't have taken a year. The fact it took so long means that the accusation stays with Davydenko for the rest of his career. If he becomes No. 1 in the world (If, I said. I'm not crazy), his Wikipedia page will still have the gambling investigation in the first paragraph of his bio.
What say you? Did this investigation take too long? Does the ATP owe Davydenko an apology? Discuss.


yogahz said...

Yes, the ATP does owe Davydenko an apology.

I do, however, think that popular opinion swung back into Nikolay's favor when the investigation took so danged long.

van said...

Hey Naf, what's up? I think the investigation on Davydenko was a long process, but I also hope the ATP doesn't close the book on the matter. I mean, something shady went on, right? They shouldn't just sweep it under the rug. And if they're completely absolving Nik then they definitely owe him an apology.

Naf said...

I admit, yogahz, that when I first heard the circumstances of this case, I figured he must have done something. The investigation definitely made me feel bad for him.
Gotta disagree with you, Van. If after a year, and they've not found anything, they've got to let it go. And maybe it really was as simple as someone overhearing something. It's not fair to keep this going if they've got nothing on him. This is why umpires have been watching him extra closely.