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Bobby Green releases video about positive drug test: "I'm really sorry I fu*ked up."

On Friday, Bobby Green said that his withdrawal from UFC 276 was caused by a positive drug test he claimed was the result of an over-the-counter supplement he had bought at Walmart.

Green claimed that after seeing a YouTube video by Dr. Eric Berg, a well-known and contentious health expert and chiropractor headquartered in Virginia, he made the decision to take DHEA, an illegal anabolic substance. The Virginia medical board censured Berg in 2007 for treating patients beyond the parameters of his chiropractic licensure and making misleading claims about his treatment plan.

A week prior to the pay-per-view event on July 2, Green said he received word that a testosterone test had come back positive, necessitating the postponement of his bout with Jim Miller.

“I go, what? What? In 20 years, I’ve never tested positive for anything in 20 years of my sport,” Green said Friday on a video posted to his Instagram account. “I know drugs, and drugs to me, I’ve only heard of them coming in needle form, I’ve heard them coming in some crazy pill form, and last, like maybe I’ve heard of some cream stuff of testosterone. …

“So I say hey, come back, take all the pictures, show them all those bottles. They go, ‘Hey, it’s that one right there. It’s DHEA. That’s a banned substance on our list, and you’re now in failure, and the fight is off.’ A week before the fight. I’m crushed. I’m like, what the f***.”

Requests for comment from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which is in charge of the UFC's drug testing program, were not immediately answered. Before they are decided, the agency does not divulge drug positives, but if the contestant discloses a positive test, they will.

Green said he had been told to keep quiet about his case to avoid receiving a lengthier punishment. But he felt forced to discuss the circumstance because he wanted to be honest with his followers and because he was sick of retelling the tale to his close friends.

“If that’s what they want to do is give me more time because I took something from Walmart that I had no idea was a banned substance, so be it,” Green said. “But, I do want to let you guys know that it’s not USADA’s fault. It’s my fault. I’m taken wrong in this. I f*cked up, and I take responsibility. I was a jackass. I’m the one that made the mistake. I take all responsibility. I ruined my situation.”

Green expressed his opposition to performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) and search for a natural advantage to combat aging in a 30-plus minute film. He displayed a drawer full of supplements that he claimed to utilize for a "all natural" boost from a number of manufacturers, including UFC supplement partner Thorne.

Green acknowledged that he disregarded the UFC's warnings about prohibited drugs, nevertheless. Educative materials on USADA-prohibited drugs and the risks of over-the-counter supplements, which have caught scores of athletes since the program's debut in 2015, are obligatory reading for combatants. Many boxers have claimed to bypassing the readings so managers or other representatives might finish them.

A two-year suspension is imposed on first-time PED offenders who are proven to have used anabolic agents.

“I had no idea what was going on,” Green said. “I watched a stupid YouTube video, and I did that. F***. I f***** it up, guys. I apologize to my public, to my friends, to my family. My son was supposed to come to this. Like, guys, I was f*cked up.”


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