Alistair Overeem: Will Dutchman's Excuse for NSAC Convince Anyone?
According to a statement given to MMAJunkie.com from Alistair Overeem, his elevated T:E ratio during a random urine test was the result of his use of a prescribed anti-inflammatory medication that, unknowingly to him, included testosterone.
He apparently was prescribed the medication for a rib injury sustained during training.
In the statement, he also explained that he withdrew from UFC 146, set to take place on May 26th, so that he can "request a continuance until my situation with the Nevada State Athletic Commission is resolved."
It is unknown whether the NSAC will take an understanding approach with the veteran's predicament and grant him a license to fight. They may also deny him a license to compete in NSAC which would force him to wait a year until he could reapply. That ruling will come down tomorrow.
While we wait with great anticipation of hearing their ruling, we won't have to wait long to know the fans' and the media's perspectives.
Before this morning's statement, many fans and writers were claiming that the former Strikeforce Champion had failed a drug test for PEDs and that he'd been taking steroids despite the fact that he hadn't been tested for them. The most popular speculation of these skeptical fans was that he would present to the NSAC his TRT prescription that he simply didn't register.
Many have made the assumption that he's using exogenous testosterone most likely because of his scheduling hiccup with the NSAC last December and his most impressive physique.
What I wonder is if his explanation will convince any of these skeptical's that he's a clean and honest fighter?
My gut tells me the answer is no, since they didn't need cold, hard evidence in the first place. I also understand that critics have been clamoring to say "I told you so" for the last few years as the giant kick-boxer got bigger and bigger.
While some may disagree on the topic of Overeem's failed test, it's easy to conclude that until adequate testing is enforced by all athletic commissions and organizations, we will be forced to debate topics such as these.
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