King Mo finally has a date with the NSAC.
MMA Junkie is reporting that Lawal will appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission in two weeks at a hearing on March 27 to address his positive test for the steroid Drostanolone following his victory over Lorenz Larkin at Strikeforce “Rockhold vs. Jardine.”
Lawal still denies that he knowingly took a performance-enhancing substance, but he isn’t expected to contest the result, according to his manager Mike Kogan. Instead, they plan to show the commission how they discovered a tainted supplement Lawal took led to the positive test and let the commission decide how to handle it.
“Ultimately an athlete is responsible for what he/she puts in their body, and Mr. Lawal’s intent is not to shift blame or find an excuse,” stated the letter sent to the Attorney General. “His intent was to figure out for himself what may have caused this positive test so that he can make proper adjustments to his supplement list and avoid this nightmare in the future.”
“We’re going to go in there and explain to them the same story that we’ve been saying all along, and see what happens,” Kogan said. “When we originally wrote [the letter], it was for internal use and in the media. I don’t know anything about these commissioners and what they know and what they don’t know, so we’re going to give a little history on [Lawal's wrestling background] and add a little bit more of answering the questions of previous research (about the supplement).
It will be up to the commission at that point to decide what to do with Lawal. At the moment, he is facing a one-year suspension, a fine and having his win over Larkin changed to a no-contest.
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