Lue re­futes Smith in Rus­sell’s case against JADCO

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Liv­ingston Scott Gleaner Writer

Bolt JADCO’S LAWYER Lack­ston Robin­son spent the ma­jor­ity of yes­ter­day’s cross-ex­am­i­na­tion of West Indies all-rounder An­dré Rus­sell try­ing to prove that the 28-year-old was tardy in sub­mit­ting where­abouts in­for­ma­tion to the na­tional anti-dop­ing body.

How­ever, the crick­eter said al­though he asked Ju­dith Lue and then Wil Quinn to over­see his where­about up­dates, he still tried to meet JADCO’s where­about re­quire­ments, but com­mu­niqué from JADCO left him baf­fled and con­fused as he felt his where­abouts was be­ing up­dated by a third party, as his very busy sched­ule and not know­ing how to up­date in­for­ma­tion on JADCO’s ADAMAS web­site made it very dif­fi­cult to make up­dates him­self.

Rus­sell also ar­gued that JADCO never ex­tended an in­vi­ta­tion to him for any of their ed­u­ca­tional ses­sions, de­spite his many vis­its to the agency.

“Whether or not you had dif­fi­culty ma­noeu­vring the ADAMAS sys­tem, did you go to JADCO to seek as­sis­tance to ma­noeu­vre ADAMAS,” Robin­son asked.

Rus­sell replied: “I’ve been a pro­fes­sional crick­eter for seven to eight years and I have been in­volved in the sys­tem for four to five years, and they have never men­tioned about an ed­u­ca­tional ses­sion. I al­ways try my best to reach out to JADCO, but there was no sup­port,” he said.

“I’ve never tried to aban­don the sys­tem, and that’s why I got my agent in­volved, but be­ing all over play­ing cricket it is rough,” he stated.

Rus­sell ex­plained that he was ex­tremely con­fused about the third fil­ing fail­ure, as Quinn was Camp­bel­lBrown over­see­ing the sit­u­a­tion and his sched­ule was very hec­tic dur­ing that pe­riod.

“I thought we were get­ting some­where with JADCO. But I was sur­prised when I was train­ing at Sabina that I heard some fe­males talk­ing about my where­abouts not be­ing up­dated. So I went there (JADCO) same time and got it up­dated, but in the evening when I reached home I got a fil­ing fail­ure pack­age at my gate,” he ex­plained.

SYS­TEM UP­DATES

Pow­ell

He ad­mit­ted see­ing the no­ti­fi­ca­tion to re­spond to JADCO’s let­ter and up­date where­abouts, how­ever, he thought Quinn was deal­ing with the sit­u­a­tion prop­erly.

Mean­while, Smith ad­mit­ted as­sist­ing Lue with the ADAMAS sys­tem up­dates for Rus­sell, but stated that he never knew she was up­dat­ing at the time.

Lue, how­ever, in­sisted that he (Smith) knew she was up­dat­ing and as­sisted her step by step all the way.

“I knew noth­ing of the sys­tem, so I called and spoke with Smith and he told me I needed a pass­word and user name. I con­tacted An­dre, who gave me the user name and pass­word, and I called back Ta­jae, who told me where to go and walked me through the process,” she said.

“I said I was putting in the info, when I put in the info the page would change colour, so he would say do this ... and he said all was fine after we ended,” she stated.

The next hear­ing is sched­uled for Thurs­day, Novem­ber 17. The files and ex­change of writ­ten sub­mis­sions will be due on Novem­ber 7 at 4 p.m., while the tran­script from the typ­ist is due on Oc­to­ber 24.

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