Lamont Peterson and his team have some explaining to do after testing positive for synthetic testosterone after a random drug test while he was training for the rematch with Amir Khan.
This fight has since been cancelled by Golden Boy Promotions as a result, due to the fact synthetic testosterone is banned in Nevada and, as such, Peterson was more than likely going to be denied his license.
Nobody's arguing the fact Peterson took the testosterone.
ESPN's Dan Rafael reports that Peterson told NSAC executives that he did, in fact, take testosterone pellets as prescribed by his doctor for low testosterone.
Here's where the water gets murky.
Peterson has long been one of the most outspoken boxers against illegal drugs in the sport of boxing. After all, it was only a month ago he came out and requested Olympic-style random drug testing to become mandatory in professional boxing.
Per The Ring:
It's nothing having to do with us thinking that he's [Khan] cheating. It's just the fact that there are people out there cheating. We're trying to clean up the sport. Just trying to make sure that everybody makes it out of that ring healthy and alive, so that's all that that was about.
USA Today reports one reason there's an issue is neither Peterson or anyone from his team divulged this information beforehand to the VADA (Volunteer Anti-Doping Association), the folks responsible for overseeing the random drug tests.
Had he divulged this information in the first place, this wouldn't be much of a big deal.
His team issued a statement detailing the truth of Peterson's legitimate medical issues, via USA Today, and in the end they say his name will be cleared:
We will vigorously pursue the truth with regards to this matter and continue to fight to protect this young man's character, credibility and all he has accomplished. Once all the facts have been reviewed we have no doubt that he will be vindicated.
Is there room for synthetic testosterone in the sport of boxing, even if it is prescribed by a doctor for legitimate medical reasons?
The only real problem I have with their statement is I can't for the life of me understand why Peterson didn't just tell the VADA about his condition in the first place.
It doesn't make any sense.
Whether it was simply an oversight on their part or something more sinister, we may never know. It's hard for me to believe someone so adamant about keeping the sport clean was purposefully trying to pull the wool over everyone's eyes about his own condition.
I'll reserve judgement for the time being about that aspect, but one thing is for sure: This story isn't going away any time soon.