Is There A Trend For Athletes To Blame Supplements When Caught Cheating?
There appears to be a trend, where athletes tend to blame legal dietary supplements after testing positive for steroids. The latest steroids use in sports case is that of mixed martial artist Muhammed Lawal, popularly known as “King Mo”. He too has blames supplements.
Former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Muhammed (King Mo) Lawal has failed a drug test.
Lawal, 31, tested positive for the anabolic steroid Drostanolone following his win over Lorenz Larkin at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine on Jan. 7.
Drostanolone is commonly used in bodybuilding, but in mixed martial arts some fighters have used the drug to assist them in cutting weight, despite it being a banned substance.
A handful of fighters have tested positive for drostanolone in the past including: former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett, former UFC fighter Hermes Franca, Canadian MMA pioneer Bill Mahood and current UFC lightweight Dennis Hallman.
There is no word on how long King Mo will be suspended or how much he will be fined.
According to MMAjunkie.com, Lawal denied using a banned substance.
Fellow Strikeforce star Cristiane (Cyborg) Santos recently failed a drug test and was suspended for one year and fined $2,500. See original story
In a separate report, King Mo is now blaming sports supplements of introducing the substance into his system. Interestingly, fellow female martial artist Cristian Santos (see last quoted paragraph above)too blamed supplements after she failed a drug test. Another one to blame supplements after testing positive for steroids is baseball player J.C. Romero, who went on to sue supplements companies.
But if you are not buying the whole blame-it-on-the-supplements thing, you are not alone. Here’s a story:
Dana White Doesn’t Buy the ‘Tainted Supplement’ Excuse
CHICAGO — After King Mo Lawal tested positive for a banned steroid this month, he said he believed the substance got into his system because it was in a supplement that he legally purchased over the counter.
UFC President Dana White says that excuse isn’t good enough.
White said Thursday that he thinks all professional athletes need to know for sure what they’re putting in their systems, and that any fighter who tests positive for a banned substance needs to deal with the consequences, regardless of the reason.
“If you get caught doing something, admit you did it,” White said. “The whole ‘Somebody put something in my system that I didn’t know about?’ I mean, who here lets someone put s–t inside them that you don’t know what it is? If you go to the doctor and he gives you a pill, ‘Doc, what am I taking this for?'”
White said he wishes fighters who test positive for performance-enhancing drugs would simply admit that they were trying to gain an unfair advantage, rather than plead ignorance about the contents of the supplements they were taking. See original story
Not to be forgotten, disgraced track runner Marion Jones and ex-husband, shot putter C.J. Hunter both failed drug tests, albeit on separate occasions. Both had denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs, with hunter blaming “an iron supplement” for failing the test. Ironically, Hunter’s case, which happened a few years before Marion’s, is said to have hurt the couple’s marriage and Marion’s image (what?!) resulting in divorce. Marion too had initially denied using steroids. She was stripped of all her Olympic medals and was later convicted for lying to federal prosecutors (CNN).
So, is it a matter of athletes using steroids and then blaming supplements or do certain supplements actually contain illegal substances? If it is the latter, indeed many athletes have been wronged. Hopefully time will tell.