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Texas Commission Maintains Lead in Worst Commission Contest

Texas Commission Maintains Lead in Worst Commission Contest

Cortney Casey beat Jessica Aguilar at UFC 211 in Dallas, TX, but the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (i.e., the Texas athletic commission) said Casey was a walking beaker of testosterone because they didn’t like the results of her drug test, so she was punished and her win was overturned. However…

…After her second urine sample was tested, it turns out everything was kosher. And yet the Texas commission isn’t lifting their sanction against her.

In other words, Texas is screwing Casey over a drug test she did NOT fail.

As per MMAFighting:

UFC vice president of athlete health and performance Jeff Novitzky said Thursday that the UFC and the TDLR got the results back from Casey’s ‘B’ sample this week. Those results, which have been obtained by MMA Fighting, came back negative for banned substances in isotope-ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) testing, done at the WADA-accredited SMRTL lab in Salt Lake City.

In Casey’s case, Novitzky believes the TDLR jumped the gun on sanctioning her and releasing her drug-test results in an open records request to media before doing additional testing to see why she had a higher T:E ratio.

“Her slightly elevated T:E ratio was just a product of her natural physiology and not anything she did wrong,” Novitzky said. “She didn’t cheat. A T:E ratio, in and of itself — especially mildly high — is never grounds for a public announcement of a positive test.”

Novitzky said Casey has been tested multiple times by USADA, the UFC’s anti-doping partner, in her two years with the UFC and has never come back positive for any prohibited substances. Novitzky said Casey’s T:E ratio has been high in USADA tests, but she’s been cleared with more sophisticated testing, like IRMS and carbon isotope ratio (CIR) screening.

“I believe it’s sickening how Cortney has been treated by the Texas commission throughout this,” Novitzky said. “From my experience, the worst thing you can do in anti-doping is a public announcement of a false positive test and that’s what Texas did to her.”

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