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Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Marlon Byrd reportedly facing second career PED suspension


Cleveland Indians outfielder Marlon Byrd has reportedly tested positive for performance enhancing drugs for a second time.

Byrd would be facing a 162 game suspension if the report is true.

Byrd was also suspended in 2012 for testing positive for a banned substance. He claimed that that suspension came from a medication he had been using to treat a private medical condition.

Byrd was hitting .270 with 5 home runs in 34 games for Cleveland in 2016. He turns 39 in August, and with a 162 game suspension looming and two positive tests to his name, it stands to reason that he might not get the chance to come back from this.

We heard about a month ago that more PED suspensions were coming from Major League Baseball, and it sounds unlikely that this will be the end of it.

BJ Penn pulled from UFC fight due to ‘potential’ violation

bj-pennThat BJ Penn’s potential comeback fight is being scuttled should not come as a surprise. The guy is 37, hadn’t fought since 2014, and has been under investigation for alleged sexual assault. There was a lot going against him. But the reason for Penn’s comeback fight being put on hold is quite interesting.

Penn is under suspension by USADA — the US Anti-Doping Agency, which the UFC partnered with to oversee drug testing — for a potential violation. Not an actual violation, mind you, but a potential violation.

Penn was flagged for using too much fluid in an IV during an out-of-competition sample on March 25.

From the UFC’s website:

“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed BJ Penn of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation. Penn disclosed the usage of a prohibited method – the use of an IV in excess of 50 ML in a six-hour period – during a March 25, 2016, out-of-competition sample collection. In accordance with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, Penn has received a provisional suspension, and has been removed from his scheduled bout against Cole Miller on June 4 in Los Angeles.

“UFC will announce a replacement opponent for Miller shortly, and additional information will be provided by USADA and UFC at the appropriate time as the process involving Penn moves forward.”

The provisional suspension has many in the MMA community up in arms complaining. Many are wondering how USADA has the power to suspend someone for just using too much of an IV but not actually testing positive. The answer is USADA does not allow excess IV fluid because they believe fighters use it to mask PED use. This type of reasoning may make sense but it is certainly murky in a country where the foundation of our legal system is a presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

Penn accepting the provisional suspension and having his fight called off, however, leads me to wonder if there is more to this story. Did the UFC just not want to deal with a scandal if Penn were later proven to have tested positive for a banned substance following the fight? Or between this and the charge that he committed sexual assault the UFC just decided it had had enough? Who knows, but this also says something more about the UFC.

The UFC bringing in USADA to clean up the sport or at least the public image of it, plus pulling the plug on the Penn fight altogether, shows how conservative this previously reckless company has become. And if that’s not all to present a more attractive company to potential buyers (think staging a home while listing it for sale), then I don’t know what is going on.

Report: More MLB PED suspensions are imminent


A rash of recent PED suspensions in Major League Baseball is not finished yet, according to a report.

ESPN’s T.J. Quinn reported for Outside the Lines on Wednesday that several positive drug tests are being processed, which will likely lead to more suspensions. At least one of the positive tests is due to Turinabol, which was the same steroid Chris Colabello tested positive for and has seen a sudden, confusing resurgence.

The positive tests also came in spring training, which has led some observers to speculate that players had not adjusted to improvements in testing and thought the drug was out of their system and no longer detectable when in fact it wasn’t.

The players who tested positive have been notified, but Quinn says that none are big names. There is no word on when the suspensions will be publicly handed down, as much to Justin Verlander’s chagrin, players do have a right to appeal. A previous report implied that we could find out the names sooner rather than later.

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Report: List of MLB PED violators could come out next week


Dee Gordon’s positive steroids test that led to an 80-game suspension may not be an isolated incident but could very well be the antecedent to many more positive tests being announced.

Longtime MLB reporter Peter Gammons tweeted on Friday that Gordon’s name was “one of a few” on a list and that some more names of violators could come out next week.

Gordon was the fifth player since February to be suspended for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. Reliever Jenrry Mejia was was a third-time violator, which results in a lifetime ban. Abraham Almonte, Daniel Stumpf and Chris Colabello were all first-time violators. One player a week has been announced as a violator since Stumpf’s announcement two weeks ago.

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Dee Gordon tests positive for testosterone and Clostebol, suspended 80 games

Dee Gordon

Dee Gordon has been suspended 80 games for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, MLB announced on Thursday night.

MLB said in its press release that Gordon tested positive for testosterone and Clostebol, which is an anabolic steroid.

There are a few notable takeaways from this story.

1) Gordon getting popped for steroids is further proof that a player’s size has nothing to do with whether or not they are juicing.
2) Is there any coincidence that MLB dropped the news of a reigning batting champ testing positive for steroids well after midnight and at a time when the sports world is consumed with the NFL Draft? They want this buried as much as possible.
3) Barry Bonds has already failed in his role as hitting coach.

Gordon was an All-Star in 2014 and 2015. He was batting .262 with six stolen bases this season.

Kimbo Slice, Ken Shamrock both tested positive for steroids

Dada 5000-Kimbo Slice

We already knew that Kimbo Slice and Ken Shamrock failed their pre-fight drug tests at Bellator 149 in Houston last month, but now we know what substances both were on.

MMA Fighting reports that both Slice and Shamrock tested positive for steroids. Slice tested positive for nandrolone and had elevated testosterone levels. Shamrock also tested positive for nandrolone and methadone, and he also had an elevated testosterone level.

Results of the failed drug tests were learned via a records request through Texas’ Licensing and Regulation department.

Kimbo won his Feb. 19 fight against Dada 5000, but the outcome was overturned to a no contest given Kimbo’s positive test. Dada 5000 cut 40 pounds to make weight for the fight and had severe health issues such as dehydration, which led in part to his third-round TKO defeat.

Shamrock lost to Royce Gracie by first-round TKO. He also tested positive for steroids following a 2009 fight.

Kimbo Slice, Ken Shamrock failed pre-fight drug tests

Dada 5000-Kimbo Slice

There were all sorts of issues with the Bellator 149 card in Houston last month, and now we can add two other problems to the list.

MMA Fighting reports that Kimbo Slice and Ken Shamrock failed pre-right drug tests and have been suspended accordingly.

Fighters submitted urine tests before their fights. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation is not releasing the information behind the substances that led to the positive tests.

Kimbo defeated Dada 5000 in a controversial ending. Dada 5000, real name Dhafir Harris, was fatigued and lost mostly because he ran out of energy. He was taken to the hospital after the fight and went into cardiac arrest, though he has since made a recovery. That fight has been overturned from a victory for Kimbo to a no-contest.

Shamrock, who also tested positive for steroids for a 2009 fight, lost to Royce Gracie by first-round TKO.

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