Here at Tuesday’s Horse we agreed that we would move on from the Baffert story for awhile. Well, that was until we saw the June 3rd Deadspin article entitled, “Bob Baffert’s attorney gets eviscerated on CNN.” It was too good to pass up, and nobody does it like Deadspin.
After Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit failed his first drug test, his trainer, Bob Baffert, did the media rounds to blame cancel culture and everybody besides himself for his horse’s unusually high levels of betamethasone.
Medina Spirit’s second failed drug test for the banned substance was confirmed on Wednesday. In response, Churchill Downs suspended Baffert from the track for two years.
Now, team Baffert is in damage control… again. They’re trying to salvage any ounce of credibility they still have (spoiler alert: they had none to begin with).
But instead of Baffert taking another TV tour, his attorney Craig Robertson III will handle this new round of questions. Today, Robertson appeared on CNN to defend his client. It didn’t go well, to put it nicely.
“This has been a difficult time for Mr. Baffert,” Robertson pleaded with hosts John Berman and Brianna Keilar. “He has worked hard all of his life and achieved the pinnacle of the sport. I mean, basically Bob Baffert is the Michael Jordan of Horse Racing. To now have his life’s work questioned the way that it has been very difficult.”
The Michael Jordan of what? Also…. now he’s having his life work questioned?
Over the course of his career, his horses have failed 31 drug tests. Suddenly everyone is out to get him?
“With all due respect, you say he’s like the Michael Jordan of the sport,” Keilar told Robertson. “But when you look at his history, it’s more like he’s the Jose Canseco* of the sport.”
Robertson did not argue the fact that Medina Spirit tested positive for more than double the amount of betamethasone allowed to race. But, apparently, the rule itself is the problem here.
“Just because that’s a rule, does not mean that it’s a proper rule,” Robertson exclaimed, leaving Berman visibly puzzled.
“Was Bob Baffert aware of the rules?” The CNN host pressed.
“Yes, Mr. Baffert is aware of the rules.” Robertson responded.
“So he broke the rules.”
“Craig Robertson, lawyer for multiple-time suspended Bob Baffert,” Berman said concluding the interview, “we thank you for joining us.”
*Jose Canseco is the steroid stained slugger of Major League Baseball. His wrote a book entitled “Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big”.
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• Bob Baffert cries wolf again, Deadspin, 5/9/21
• Bob Baffert inexplicably blames ‘cancel culture’ for horse-doping controversy, Deadspin, 5/10/21
• Top Five Idiots of May, Deadspin, 5/31/21 (yes, Baffy took 1st prize)
**Ryan Lochte, the second most decorated male Olympic swimmer of all time, was banned 14 months for receiving an intravenous infusion without a therapeutic use exemption, a violation which he unwittingly self-reported on social media according to the US Anti-Doping Agency.
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