Olympic Gold Medalist Blames Positive Drug Test on…Kissing His Girlfriend (Really!)

Athletics - Olympics: Day 15

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You know how sometimes you make up an excuse for doing something, and the excuse is actually more suspect than the original thing you were accused of?


Gil Roberts, a runner in the 400M, tested positive for probenecid during an out of competition test in March, and his excuse is, well, colorful. He claims his girlfriend had a sinus infection, took medicine that had the banned substance in it, then kissed him.

Here’s the very long excuse:

“She arrived back in the United States on March 17 and continued to take the medicine. She saw Roberts soon thereafter, while she was still on the meds. Whenever they were together, they kissed frequently and passionately. Every time she took one of the capsules, she took it apart, poured the contents in her mouth, then swallowed the medicine with water. On March 24, 2017, the date of the drug test, Ms. Salazar arrived at Roberts’ apartment near noon; they kissed and ‘chilled out.’ Around 1:00 or 1:30 pm, she went into the kitchen to take her medicine. She did not tell Roberts what she was doing and he did not see her take the medicine. She opened the capsule, poured the contents in her mouth, then washed it down with water. Shortly thereafter she found Roberts and started kissing him. Roberts could not count the number of times they kissed between 1:00 pm and the doping control officer’s arrival.”

Roberts was on the 4×400 relay team that took the gold in Rio.  As for his latest mishap, apparently his excuse was good enough, as the American Arbitration Association cleared him of any wrongdoing, allowing him to compete in the USA Track & Field Championships.

Hat Tip – [FloTrack]

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