Yoel Romero and his manager Malki Kawa appeared Monday morning on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour show to openly discuss Yoel Romero’s recent controversy involving a possible positive drug test from an out-of-competition drug test taken late last year.
Kawa and Romero explained that Romero took a supplement after his fight with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in December and that the supplement taken turned out to be contaminated.
“The substance has a label with a bunch of stuff on it,” Kawa said. “None of that is illegal to take. What he got popped for is not on the label. So it’s obviously not his fault that he popped for this.”
Kawa said his team and USADA both sent out the supplement for testing (where? who knows) and sure enough, the supplement came back tainted. “That substance was not listed on the label.” Kawa said. The manager said he did not want to reveal the name of the supplement or the substance, because USADA is still currently investigating the issue.
“At this time we are investigating the circumstances surrounding his positive test to determine the appropriate outcome, in accordance with the rules,” the statement read. “It is also important to remember that there is a full and fair legal process to handle the adjudication of any case, and all athletes are provided full due process before any decision is reached.”
Kawa does acknowledge that Romero did take the substance and will still likely be penalized by USADA in some form.
“He did take the supplement,” Kawa said. “If you take a supplement, you run the risk of this happening. The responsibility does fall on Yoel.”
Kawa even went on to run by what type of punishment the Middleweight contender could be facing as the potential maximum punishment could be two years suspension.
“I don’t expect it to be two years,” Kawa said. “I don’t think two years would be fair.”
Kawa said he is hoping things with USADA will be cleared up before the weeks end. Yoel Romero defeated “Jacare” Souza at UFC 194 and was the next possible contender before the positive test came to light.
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