'Kissing defense' leads to reversal of sprinter's drug ban

  • 'Kissing defense' leads to reversal of sprinter's drug ban

'Kissing defense' leads to reversal of sprinter's drug ban

He failed an out-of-competition test on March 24, testing positive for probenecid, a diuretic and masking agent.

But an arbitrator cleared the champ of charges he ingested a banned substance, conceding the drug got into his system exactly as Roberts says it did-through smooching with his girlfriend, reports Sports Illustrated.

He later told the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) he had contaminated the substance from his girlfriend.

Roberts claimed his girlfriend Alex Salazar had been taking medication which she bought in India for a sinus infection, which contained probenecid. It's not just the kissing he said was responsible.

On June 20, an arbitrator cleared Roberts of wrongdoing, allowing him to compete at the USATF Outdoor Championships two days later.

"Roberts could not count the number of times they kissed between 1 p.m. and the doping control officer's arrival [at 4:07 p.m.]", Thomas wrote. The couple kissed then "chilled out" for a while, then Salazar took her medicine and they kissed some more.

Roberts testified that he did not know Salazar was taking the medicine and he was unaware that kissing could lead to him ingesting any banned substance.

The 28-year-old athlete was a member of the United States men's 4x400 metres team which triumphed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Here's the thing though, Roberts isn't the first track athlete to blame KISSING on a positive drug test.

He was not banned, in part to consideration of previous, similar cases of tennis player Richard Gasquet and pole vaulter Shawn Barber failing drug tests for cocaine after kissing women who had used the drug.