Andre Berto: New Results May Prove He's Innocent of Steriod Accusations

Henry MartinSenior Analyst IMay 21, 2012

NEW YORK - APRIL 21:  WBC Welterweight Champion, Andre Berto attends ESPN the Magazine's 7th Annual Pre-Draft Party at Espace on April 21, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Getty Images for ESPN)
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Late last week, devastating news broke out that another high-profile fighter has yet again tested positive for a banned substance.

The week before, it was Lamont Peterson testing positive for synthetic testosterone pellets, and last week it was Andre Berto testing positive for a banned substance called nandrolone. 

Berto and his team were in full damage control, claiming that Berto didn't intentionally take the substance and it must've been a mistake.

Victor Conte, Berto's nutritionist, served up the explanation that it's possible that it was a trace contamination that made Berto test positive. There's no way that Berto would intentionally take nandrolone as it's the longest lasting steroid known to man. 

People were still in doubt of Berto and the Ortiz rematch was scrapped for next month.

Now, according to, Berto's positive test for nandrosterone (nandrolone metabolic byprodcut) revealed ultra-trace amounts of nandrolone in low parts per trillion range, which most likely proves it was a trace contamination.

In other words, it's such a small amount that it's reasonably logical to assume that he didn't intentionally use nandrolone. This backs what Conte has been saying about it most likely being a trace contamination from food or supplements and bolsters Berto's claim of innocence.

The damage is already done, though, as Berto's image is undoubtedly injured and the Ortiz rematch is already off.

Hopefully the two men can reschedule their rematch for later this year.