Romero’s manager tries to explain failed UFC drug test
Yoel Romero’s title hopes went up in flames when it was discovered that he had potentially failed his post-fight drug test after his victory over Ronaldo Souza at UFC 194 in Dec. 2015.
“What basically happened was, he took a certain supplement after his fight that was contaminated. It had an illegal substance in it,” said Kawa. “He provided USADA with the supplement he took. When you read the label, it’s a natural supplement, it’s supposed to be as clean as possible. It’s something anyone can take. If everything on the label would have been in there, we wouldn’t be here. This particular supplement was contaminated with the product he failed for. The substance has a label with a bunch of stuff on it. 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.”
Romero claims he never took illegal substances consciously because he was aware of the fact that it could jeopardize his career.
“I think it’s my responsibility when I take something. But, I think maybe a public warning [would be a fair punishment]. I don’t know. … Nobody knows. When you see the supplement, outside it says it’s clean, you can take it.”
“My whole entire life, I’ve trained very hard,” Romero said. “I abstain from a lot of stuff in life. To reach not just the world title, but also to maintain my family. If I would have committed what they’re saying, I’m running the risk that I can’t support my family. I think more about my family than I do a title. I’m conscious that if I take one of these supplements, they’re going to catch me.”
Kawa says he hopes everything will be cleared up by the end of this week.