Another Day, Another Liar: Boxing Champ Lamont Peterson Tests Positive for Steroids
Sigh. It’s nearly become a daily occurrence for an athlete to test positive for steroids these days. Rather than continue to operate their drug-assisted professional sports leagues, perhaps football, baseball, hockey, MMA, and boxing could lear a lesson from bodybuilding. Professional Bodybuilding (under the IFBB) doesn’t even bother to test its ‘athletes’ for steroids because nary a single one would pass and the ‘sport’ would cease to exist. Rather than wax poetic about what amazing athletes bodybuilders are and highlight their amazing accomplishments of
strength posing in a thong , the IFBB simply accepted that steroids are a part of the game and moved on to celebrating the outcome of mass steroid use and abuse — the oodles of copious mountains of salacious muscle exhibited by the aforesaid bodybuilders.
For most of us, that tack is preferable to what is currently happening in every other sport: Lies, denials and excuses for steroid use that seek to confuse the public (and more often than not, ‘journalists’).
Take the latest steroid scandal to break this week — WBA Light Welterweight Boxing Champion Lamont Peterson, who flunked a steroid test two months prior to his highly anticipated HBO rematch with Amir Khan. Today, Lamont’s ‘camp’ (a euphemism for the chain of command that flows downhill from the lawyer to the PR flack) denied that Peterson has ever tested positive for steroids in his 18 years of boxing.
For now, let’s ignore the
red herring fact that amateur boxing under [current amateur United States boxing governing body] USA boxing does not test its athletes for steroids and that 99% of all boxing matches are conducted without any steroid testing. Instead, let’s focus on the latest excuse to come out of an attorney’sathlete’s lips: According to Team Peterson, the 28-YEAR OLD Peterson underwent treatment from a Vegas doctor about one month prior to his first fight with Khan in November 2011 for a “critically low level of free testosterone.“
First, let’s take a moment to laugh at the use of the word ‘critically’. According to the American Hospital Association, in medical circumstances the word ‘critical’ to describe a patient in which “Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. Patient may be unconscious. Indicators are unfavorable.” To the layman, that means that a person stands a decent chance of being dead by the next health update. So what does it mean if an athlete — a boxing champion, no less — is ‘suffering’ from ‘critically low’ testosterone levels?? Does it mean that he’s in danger of dying? That he can’t produce offspring? That he no longer has an interest in browsing Tube8.com? Of course not.
It’s more likely that his testosterone levels are merely average to high-average. But in case you hadn’t noticed, top athletes are not supposed to be “merely average.” They are supposed to be super-human, and therein lies the latest rub: Athletes with anything less than super-human levels of testosterone are now (falsely) claiming to suffer from low testosterone. Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) and the clinics that prescribe such therapy are nothing but the latest roundabout in a long list of ways to ‘defeat steroid testing’. As the tests have gotten better at detecting the use of anabolic steroids, we have seen a growth spurt in the number of athletes who are no longer comfortable in just trying to evade detection of their steroid usage — now they OPENLY admit to steroid use but claim that it is necessary to overcome ‘critically low’ levels of testosterone.
The rest of Team Peterson’s claims are even more laughable: They claim that Peterson’s physician — Dr. Thompson — actually injected pellets of “bioidentical testosterone derived from soy” into Peterson’s hip. Thompson claimed the soy pellets do not enhance athletic performance because they are released into the system so slowly.
Let’s try to get this straight: The Champ, suffering from ‘critically low’ levels of testosterone (that we can assume resulted in a diminished athletic performance) allowed himself to be injected with a testosterone designed to be released into his blood system so s-l-o-w-l-y that it would not even enhance his athletic performance.
Basically, what they’re
lying about saying is that Lamont Peterson allowed a doctor to jam a large syringe full of steroids into his bare buttocks for reasons having nothing to do with him wanting to defend the WBA Light Welterweight Boxing Championship of the world and for which he would receive a SEVEN-FIGURE PAYDAY (and closer to EIGHT-FIGURES for future potential bouts with Pacquiao and Mayweather). No, Team Peterson is saying — this had nothing to do with athletic performance at all — just another case of a top athlete choosing an inconvenient and purely coincidental time to undergo testosterone replacement therapy.
Or more likely, just another liar.