I’m a total sucker for a good steroid excuse so maybe I’m the wrong person to ask, but I thought King Mo Lawal’s excuse was pretty decent. Not only did he find the specific over the counter supplement he was taking that caused the positive test, but he’s also taking the commission punishment on the chin without complaint. Well, his manager has suggested they may go after the supplement company, but that’s a whole other ball of wax.
That may not be good enough to get back into the good graces of UFC prez Dana White, though. We’re not the only ones who have noticed that everyone who pops for steroids denies knowingly taking steroids. It’s enough to make you start thinking that drug testing is a farce, so…
“If you get caught doing something, admit you did it,” White told ESPN.com. “This whole, ‘somebody put something in my system that I didn’t know about.’ … Who here lets somebody put s— in them that you don’t know about?
“I don’t buy that s—. Own up to what you did. Everybody makes mistakes.”
White went on to say that Lawal or any fighter who tests positive for a performance-enhancing drug and fails to admit the error of his ways risks never again fighting in a Zuffa-promoted event.
So what does the future hold for Lawal or former Strikeforce women’s featherweight titleholder Cristaine Santos, who also recently tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug earlier this month?
“I don’t know,” White said. “It depends on how they handle themselves. We will see.”
This all seems to be part of the UFC’s recent plan to appear tough on steroids before a major scandal hits the fan. This is the silver lining in having a troll like the Culinary Union hanging around waiting for something to go awry – it keeps the UFC on their toes and proactively moving forward ahead of potentially damaging stories.
It is kinda creepy though how accused athletes must bow down, kiss the ring, and confess their sins if they want to continue their career in the UFC. Especially if you believe like I do that the real cheats are so far ahead of commission testing that it’s only the innocents slipping up and accidentally injesting bodybuilder crap that are getting caught.