Then, at an anti-doping hearing, he even produced the actual employee at his local 7-Eleven that he routinely bought the pills from during a break in competition – when his, shall we say, social life was a bit more active.
That woman, Leslie James, recalled Merritt routinely buying lottery tickets, juice and condoms, but specifically the ExtenZe because they were stored behind the counter to prevent theft. James was deemed “devastatingly convincing” and it was ruled that Merritt accidentally took the banned substances and wasn’t trying to gain a competitive advantage on the track.
He was still suspended 21 months for negligence.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
USA sprinter LaShawn Merritt won two golds in Beijing, "failed three tests for a banned substance and then blamed it on innocently taking . . . ExtenZe"