By Zach Arnold | September 11, 2015
This was supposed to be a triumphant week for Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas. His last victory lap after dethroning Manny Pacquiao.
Instead, Mayweather got sued by a woman for defamation for pre-fight comments and both Pacquiao & Arum got sued by fans for fraud due to Pacquiao’s shoulder injury.
Even worse, there is virtually no mainstream media attention for Mayweather’s victory lap fight against 35-to-1 underdog Andre Berto. Literally nobody cares. This was not how the master plan was supposed to work.
When the sharks smell blood in the water…
Thomas Hauser, firing on all cylinders. blitzed USADA & Floyd Mayweather with a devastating article at SB Nation claiming that USADA allowed Floyd Mayweather to use an IV that would have been banned under WADA standards. Hauser also claims that USADA does not allegedly disclose their drug testing results with athletic commissions. Hauser’s article raised the issue of granting “retroactive” Therapeutic Use Exemptions to certain fighters.
Nevada’s commission, once again, was backed into a corner. They denounced USADA’s granting of a TUE to Mayweather for two saline IV mixes.
Hauser’s article also hit on USADA’s lack of usage of Carbon Isotope Ratio tests for detective synthetic testosterone usage. Instead, Hauser alleges that USADA uses standard T/E ratio tests and that previous T/E ratios for Mayweather drug tests were 0.69 and 0.80, below a standard 1:1 T/E ratio for the average human being.
All of this matters because the UFC has entered into an agreement with USADA to oversee their personal drug testing program. Jeff Novitzky is the front man for UFC. Already, there is a growing fissure between Nevada’s athletic commission and USADA. On Thursday night, Lance Pugmire of The Los Angeles Times dropped this bomb:
Told by Nevada commission members that UFC fighter Frank Mir similarly obtained a TUE from USADA last week that Nevada ruled inadmissible.
— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) September 10, 2015
The same Frank Mir who once got permission to use testosterone was getting permission from USADA to use Adderall. Pugmire’s LA Times article on this story details how furious Nevada is for creating confusion amongst the fighters as to what is allowed and who has jurisdiction regarding what is allowed thanks to USADA.
Throwing another monkey wrench into the proceedings is the alleged fact that parties signing contracts with USADA are bound to confidentiality clauses, at least if you believe what promoter Bob Arum has to say. Arum’s rather toned-down response this week to the Mayweather IV discovery was remarkable because of how realistic yet fatalistic the situation was. He could scream to the mountain top about USADA letting Mayweather use an IV but what good was it going to do Top Rank or his client?
- If athletic commissions like Nevada are going to no longer accept third-party drug testing results, then what good is it for UFC to work with USADA?
- If USADA isn’t going to disclose drug test results to athletic commissions, then they are going to disclose them only to UFC? USADA claims they will release all drug tests results to the public. Will they disclose all results?
- Does this set up a situation for possible blackmail where an athlete could be forced to renegotiate an existing contract or give up money via a “fine” in exchange for not having a failed USADA drug test result go public?
If Nevada declares war on USADA, what will it mean for other state athletic commissions? At last week’s California State Athletic Commission in Los Angeles, USADA was on the meeting agenda to obtain approval as an approved drug collector for CSAC. What now?