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Olympic gold medalist fails drug test due to kissing girlfriend

16 July 2017

While Barber and Gasquet were busted for kissing women who had just done cocaine, Roberts just wanted to kiss his girlfriend and is now being punished for it.

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.

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Roberts said his girlfriend, Alex Salazar, had been given medicine to treat a sinus infection while she was visiting India. Salazar got sinus medication from a "makeshift" and "messy" place and came back with a prescription of "Moxylong", which it turns out contains the masking agent. USADA said the sides told the arbitrator that Roberts and Salazar "kissed frequently and passionately" when they were together, including on March 24, when Roberts was initially tested. He did remember, however, that the two kissed a lot. Salazar was unsure how many times they kissed between when she took the medicine and when Roberts was tested.

After conferring with two different doctors, the arbiter officially ruled "this was not a case of intentional doping".

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Last month, an independent arbitrator cleared Roberts of any wrongdoing, which allowed him to compete in the USATF Outdoor Championships. But as reported by the Orlando Sentinel, an arbiter recently upheld an appeal of the results by Roberts, who was part of the gold-medal winning 4x400-meter relay team at the 2016 Olympics.

"It must have been like lightning out of a clear blue sky for (Roberts) to learn that by kissing his girlfriend this time that he was exposing himself to a banned substance", the USADA said in its ruling.

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Olympic gold medalist fails drug test due to kissing girlfriend