A year after finishing a 10-month suspension for being a national embarrassment, swimmer Ryan Lochte dove headlong back into headline-grabbing stupidity.
The six-time Olympic gold medalist will serve a 14-month suspension, retroactive to May, from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for a prohibited intravenous infusion.
But getting caught doping isn’t the embarrassing part; it’s how that happened.
Come on, dude
The guy who didn’t know how security cameras work volunteered the evidence by posting a picture of his doing the deed to Instagram.
And here’s the (quickly deleted) post that probably ended a career. Safe to assume that Ryan Lochte hadn’t been following Samir Nasri’s attempts to rediscover his best form. pic.twitter.com/vEk6F0sqlC
— Matt Slater (@mjshrimper) July 23, 2018
Under USADA, athletes are prohibited from taking IV injections of more than 100 milliliters in a 12-hour span.
“On May 24, Lochte posted an image on social media depicting himself receiving an intravenous infusion,” USADA said in a statement.
“A subsequent investigation by USADA, with which Lochte fully co-operated, revealed that Lochte received an intravenous infusion of permitted substances at an infusion clinic in a volume greater than 100ml in a 12-hour period without a therapeutic use exemption.”
Lochte won’t be able to compete until July 2019, which is probably when he’ll finish reading this statement.
“I would never intentionally violate any anti-doping rule. I should know better,” swimmer Ryan Lochte says after receiving a one-year suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for using an intravenous vitamin infusion #tictocnews pic.twitter.com/38CIwnIdC9
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) July 23, 2018