Too many stories about jocks and their man parts lately. First, there’s Brett Favre and his alleged naughty cell phone pictures, and now we have sprinter LaShawn “Not Long” Merritt and a positive drug test. For steroids? Sort of.
Merritt joins the long list of jocks busted for using performance enhancing substances that they claim they ingested “accidentally.” This time the sneaky way the ‘roids got in his system was a “male enhancement product.” Likely one pitched by a guy named Bob with a huge grin on his face. Doesn’t matter why Merritt took it, but testing positive for it ended with a nearly two year ban from the sport.
In the end, Merritt claims the whole situation made it “extremely difficult to wrap my hands around.” If you say so.
American 400m Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt received a 21-month ban for an anabolic steroid which his lawyer claimed was contained in an over-the-counter penis enlargement product. The 24-year-old – who is also the world champion at the distance – tested positive three times to dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).
Merritt, who claimed he had started using the product after the 2009 season, first tested positive on October 28, 2009, then on December 8 and finally on January 16 this year. The suspension has been backdated to start on October 28, 2009, though, he did not receive the most stringent punishment possible, a two-year ban.
Merritt had said back in April, when it was first revealed he had failed the tests, how embarrassed he was. “To know that I’ve tested positive as a result of a product that I used for personal reasons is extremely difficult to wrap my hands around.