Hardy Lawyer Says Tests Were ‘Low-Positive’

In a story by Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times, Jessica Hardy’s lawyer, Howard Jacobs, said his client’s positive test was a ‘low-positive.’

Here’s an excerpt:

“Laboratory documents revealed that swimmer Jessica Hardy’s level of the banned substance clenbuterol was, in fact, a “low positive,” her lawyer said Thursday.

Howard Jacobs, in a telephone interview with The Times, said he received the documentation Wednesday but declined to provide test specifics beyond the low positive and how it might have resulted for the 21-year-old Long Beach swimmer, who qualified for the Olympics in multiple events.”

After the A and B samples — taken at the U.S. Olympic swim trials in Omaha this month — came back positive, Hardy left the team’s training camp at Stanford University and could face a ban of two years. Instead of departing with the rest of the Olympians for Singapore today, she is at home with her family, continuing to train and preparing for an arbitration hearing, which could take place within days, Jacobs said.

Jacobs is considered one of the premier defenders of athletes charged with doping offenses, having handled high-profile cases involving Marion Jones and Floyd Landis.

He reiterated what her agent had said earlier, that Hardy’s positive test, coming on July 4 after the 100-meter freestyle, was between two negative tests, on July 1 and July 6, and “struck” him as unusual.

“I can’t think of any cases where there have been three tests that close together [of differing results],” Jacobs said. “I can think of at least one athlete where there was a negative followed shortly by a positive.”

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