Maria Sharapova Was Warned At Least Five Times About Meldonium Ban

By Ty Duffy

The Times is reporting that Maria Sharapova was warned five times about the meldonium ban by Tennis officials. She was notified three times by the International Tennis Federation and two times by the Women’s Tennis Association before the ban went into effect.

The article is behind a paywall. You can sort of read it from this grab of the print front page.

To be fair, disregarding multiple, mass communications is far and away the  most plausible part of Sharapova’s explanation. Unless one believes she went outside the United States to obtain unapproved Eastern European drug used for treating severe heart disease for a legitimate medical reason.

Sharpaova faces a potential four-year ban from Tennis.