Tyson Gay Tests Positive for Banned Substance, Comments on Situation

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2013

World-class sprinter Tyson Gay appeared to be back on track after injuries plagued his career, but he now faces an uphill climb after testing positive for a banned substance, according to Pat Graham of the Associated Press.    


UPDATE: Monday, July 15, at 9:35 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Adidas has dropped Tyson Gay as a sponsored athlete in wake of the failed drug test, according to BBC's Staff.

Sportswear manufacturer Adidas has suspended its sponsorship of sprinter Tyson Gay after the American failed a drugs test.

An out-of-competition test completed by Gay in May tested positive, according to the US Anti-Doping Agency.

'We are shocked by these recent allegations,' a spokesman for Adidas said on Monday.

'Even if we presume his innocence until proven otherwise, our contract with Tyson is currently suspended.'

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The news comes prior to next month's world championships in Moscow, from which Gay has already decided to withdraw. Although Gay hasn't revealed which substance he tested positive for, he reportedly "fought back sobs" during a telephone interview and claimed that he trusted someone that he shouldn't have.

Per Graham, Gay stated, "I don't have a sabotage story. ... I basically put my trust in someone, and I was let down."

According to the report, Gay tested positive for the banned substance during an out-of-competition test on May 16. His "B" sample has yet to be tested by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, but if that sample also comes back positive, then Gay could face a lengthy ban.

Gay wasn't the only sprinter to test positive for banned substances this weekend, as Asafa Powell and four other Jamaican athletes tested positive as well.

Fellow American sprinter Justin Gatlin was suspended for four years after testing positive for testosterone, and while he made a triumphant comeback by earning a bronze medal in the 100-meter dash at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Gay may not be so lucky.

Gay is already 30 years of age, so a potential four-year ban would take him well outside his running prime. At the London Games, he just missed the podium in the 100-meter dash, as he finished behind Gatlin, as well as Jamaican stars Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake.

It remains to be seen if Gay will get another chance to achieve Olympic glory. There is still a long process to complete before his guilt or innocence can be determined, but things certainly don't look good for the former American and world sprinting champion.


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