Sydney: Shane Warne on Tuesday admitted he had first taken the banned diuretic, which earned him a 12-month ban from cricket, in December last year - to get rid of an alcohol-induced double chin. Warne said he had taken another fluid tablet given to him by his mother, Brigitte, in early December, before his shoulder injury and more than a month before taking the banned diuretic, which threatens to end his career. The high-profile Australian leg spinner said a previous drug test had shown up small traces of similar substances to those which had emerged in the January 22 sample, for which he was called before an anti-doping panel last Saturday.
Warne said the earlier fluid tablet was taken for the sake of appearance and before his shoulder injury, proving he was not a drug cheat, who had taken diuretics to mask other drugs to speed his recovery. "I was (drug) tested on December 12 which was negative. This was before the injury - I was injured on the 15th (December)," Warne told Channel Nine. "It has since come up at the hearing that there were small traces of the same ingredients that I was tested positive for in January. I admitted to the hearing that I had taken a tablet in early December. "I was doing a lot of wine promotions.
I'd had a couple too many bottles of wine and had a few late nights. I took a fluid tablet then - that was the first time she (mum) gave it to me. It was to get rid of a double chin," he claimed. "The December 12 test showed small traces of the same thing. That was before my (shoulder) operation - that proves I didn't take the fluid tablet to mask anything."
He was unsure what he would do with his life, but meanwhile had been offered jobs and, even, a cameo role in a movie. Warne said his only crimes were vanity and "being silly", and again angrily denied taking performance enhancing drugs. "I've never needed to, I never have and I never will take them." Warne said he had a letter of appeal ready and written, but was still deciding whether to fight the ban. "One side of me says 'get out there, appeal and get less penalty because it's not fair'. Another side of me says 'I'm a human being, I want to get on with my life, cop the penalty and just get on with it'. "I don't want to rush into a decision ... whether I just spend the 12 months or go away for 12 months, I just don't know at this stage.
I don't want to be rushed into anything until it's clear what I want to do." Warne's brother and manager Jason said Warne may take until Saturday - the last day - to decide whether to appeal. Warne's camp hopes the Australian Cricket Board's decision to release the full findings of his drugs hearing to the public on its Website on Wednesday would help him shed the "drug cheat" slur. The ACB said it would publish the 10-page judgment by its anti-doping committee, which gave Warne half the standard two-year ban for the offence. "We think that it's important to do that so the public can understand the reasons behind the judgment," ACB spokesman Peter Young said. Copyright AFP 2001