New York Times apologises to tennis superstar Li Na for steroid use allegation
In an August 22 report, the Times mistakenly said that Li had taken 'steroid pills'
The New York Times has issued an apology to Chinese professional tennis player Li Na for publishing a report that alleged Li had been forced into early retirement after taking steroids.
News of the alleged steroid pill use spread throughout Chinese media shortly after The New York Times piece was published, and after looking into the matter, officials from the Tennis Management Centre of China’s State General Administration of Sports denied that Li had ever taken steroids.
Reporter Larmer later revealed that the article's background information had been pieced together from interviews with Li and parts of her Chinese-language biography Fighting Alone. The term “steroid pills” had been a mis-translation of the Chinese term for “hormone medication,” and The New York Times issued an official apology to Li’s agent Max Eisenbud.
“She has already invested a lot in playing tennis for China,” Eisenbud reportedly said. “Please give her more of your attention and encouragement.”