Doping Denials: when athletes get creative after a failed drugs test

We explored the incredible doping excuse fabricated by Dennis Allen Mitchell, a former American college and international track and field athlete. Mitchell claimed that his high testosterone levels were the result of a passionate night with his wife, the details of which were quite hilarious. Now we move onto LaShawn Merritt and his creative excuse making. 

“foolish, immature and egotistical mistake…Any penalty I may receive for my action will not overshadow the embarrassment and humiliation I feel”

– LeShawn Merritt

Merritt was banned for 21 months in 2009 for failing a drugs test for steroids. The winner of 4 Olympic medals, LeShawn is the 6th fastest 400 meter runner in history. He is a prime example of the floored situation surrounding drug cheats, and the unbelievable appeals process that allows them to compete.

LeShawn blamed his failed drugs test on one particularly rigid excuse, pardon the pun. He blamed the use of an off-the-shelf penile-enhancement product for the failed test.

ExtenZe has been on the market for over 17 years and has sold over 2 billion pills. Men like Ron Jeremy have been pushing this product for years, and LeShawn was caught hook, line and sinker by the fallacy–ExtenZe have been sued for their fabricated claims of “27% growth.”

ExtenZe
Source : Supplement Critic

“Any professional athlete in this sport knows that they are solely responsible for anything that goes into their bodies. For Mr. Merritt to claim inadvertent use of a banned substance due to the ingestion of over-the-counter supplements brings shame to himself and his teammates. Thanks to his selfish actions, he has done damage to our efforts to fight the plague of performance-enhancing drugs in our sport,”

– USA Track and Field CEO, Doug Logan

I leave it to you, was LeShawn telling the truth? Or did he decide to think of an excuse so patently ruinous that nobody would possible believe he was lying. I for one put emphasis on the “professional” part of his job description. Every athlete should be held accountable for what goes in their body, no matter how elaborate and creative their excuse making.

Side effects of Dehydroepiandrosterone:

“High doses may cause aggressiveness, irritability, trouble sleeping, and the growth of body or facial hair on women. Other reported side effects include acne, heart rhythm problems, liver problems, hair loss (from the scalp), and oily skin. It may also alter the body’s regulation of blood sugar.”

Athletes caught out:

  • NBA player O. J. Mayo received a 10 game ban.
  • Rashard Lewis, then with the Orlando Magic also received a 10 game ban.
  • MMA fighter Fabio Maldonado admited to using DHEA during his career.
  • Yulia Efimova, who holds the world record pace for both the 50-meter and 200-meter breaststroke.