Jody Jamieson releases statement on positive test

01:05 PM 13 Jun 2014 NZST
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Jody Jamieson gave statement today on suspension
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On Thursday afternoon, harness racing driver Jody Jamieson issued the following statement concerning his recent positive drug test Monday at Mohawk Raceway that was first published in the media by Harnesslink.com.

“In my career as a driver there have been moments and instances that I would love to take back. None more than this very moment in time right here. That said, this needs to be addressed and I appreciate the patience that my industry has had during this disappointing and trying time for myself and my family.I made an uncharacteristic, irrational, and serious error in
judgment on a Saturday night after the races, off the premises of my work and it caused serious consequences to occur on a routine drug test on the following Monday.

I immediately admitted to having used the substance approximately two days prior to the test. I have always believed that honesty and accepting responsibility is the best course of action. I know that under ORC rules, random testing is done at the racetrack, in safety sensitive areas, and that a ‘driver’ is in the most sensitive area of all.

After being notified of the positive test, I first called my parents. The disappointment in their voices was enough to bring me to tears. My father, who holds me above all others in our game, was understandably devastated. My mother, the patron saint she is, is embarrassed and I am sick to my stomach, knowing that I have brought this misery to both of them today. I feel like I have let down an entire industry of friends and acquaintances that have supported everything I have ever tried to do for this
sport we love. I am sorry for that. My family will love me unconditionally, and although I have damaged professional bonds, I plan to put the time and effort into regaining the trust of my colleagues, and those who have counted on me.

I was asked and given the opportunity to drive the best 3 year old on the continent Saturday night at Mohawk along with some serious contenders on the undercard. I have let those people down. I am sorry.

In the meantime, I am visiting a substance abuse professional this afternoon, to continue the investigation into my irrational behavior on the night in question. I am willing and able to take part in any and all random drug test on a goforward basis that the ORC deems necessary, as I have in the past.

I presented myself yesterday at ‘Driver Check’ for a urine-based drug test, and I would emphasize that it tested negative for any and all illicit drugs. I totally support the drug and alcohol policies that both horsemen and the ORC have in place. I will work hard to earn back your respect and trust. Again, I want to accept responsibility and apologize for my actions.”

Jody Jamieson

"Harnesslink.com applaudes Jody Jamieson for coming forward with this statement. We know that he will be back, better than ever and will continue to be a driving force in the harness racing industry. Thousands of people via the Harnesslink Facebook page has voiced their opinons, best wishes and support for Jody and to have so many people in your corner is a true testimonial to his stature in the sport of harness racing."

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