Maria Sharapova’s attorney, John Haggerty, has requested an apology from WADA president Craig Reedie.
Reedie was quoted by Ben Bloom of the Telegraph as saying, “For me the only satisfactory element in Madame Sharapova’s case was that in one year she can earn more money than the whole of WADA’s budget put together.”
Haggerty responded to the comment with a statement released on Monday.
“The statement made today by the WADA president is unprofessional. Justice, whether in the eyes of WADA or a court, must be blind, including being blind to a player’s earnings,” Haggerty said. “Mr. Reedie owes an apology to Maria and to all successful tennis players unless he wants fans to think WADA has different standards for players depending on their ranking and earnings.”
Sharapova has appealed her suspended to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. A ruling is expected to come down on July 18.
Sharapova’s total earnings of $21.9 million made her the second-highest paid female player behind Serena Williams.