Most siblings know pretty much everything about each other, so it came as a surprise that during a recent interview, Alistair Overeem’s brother Valentijn said he is unaware of any medical condition that would cause Alistair to need TRT.
“Because I know him so well that I think I should be aware of something like that. If that was the case, I think I would know. I would be surprised.”
And although Valentijn hasn’t trained with his brother since March, even then he was not aware of any condition that Alistair was suffering from that would cause him the need to use testosterone, and is unsure why Alistair’s T/E ratio was so high.
“There are different reasons why someone could have high testosterone,” Valentijn said. “Taking steroids is one of them. Some people have natural testosterone at a high level anyway. I’m not saying my brother is one of those people, but there’s more possibilities. If the [athletic commission] tests the sample again, just to make sure there were no mistakes, I think that would be a good start.”
Valentijn himself could not offer any insight on how Alistair should defend himself to the commission and whether or not his brother offered up another sample that could possibly clear his name.
Even though his younger brother did get caught with random testing, Valentijn is an advocate for it, and is certain if Alistair was given another test it would come back clear. Although he believes Alistair should be given his license back, Valentijn respects the commission’s decision.
“There are certain rules, and athletes have to abide by the rules. If there would be a second opinion or a second test, I’m sure that would change the result. The bottom line is, I think everybody just wants to know the truth. So by being transparent and double checking it, that won’t harm anyone.”
While all this goes on, Valentijn asked that everyone keep their minds open towards Alistair.
“You’re innocent until proven guilty, and I think that’s the way it should be,” he said. “Look at Lance Armstrong; they’ve been talking about him taking stuff forever. Because you’re a very good athlete and winning a lot of events doesn’t necessarily mean that (you take performance-enhancing drugs). That just means that you’re very dedicated and talented. I think that’s the case with Alistair.
“There are always going to be people that say, ‘I knew this. I knew that.’ But then again, let [the commission] do whatever they have to do, and we’ll see the result in the end when things are final. I think it’s a bit early to jump to conclusions.”
Source: MMA Junkie