Olympic Runner LaShawn Merritt Fails Drug Test, Penis Enlargement Pills Found In System
LaShawn Merritt, the Olympic runner who took home gold at the Beijing Olympics, has been suspended after testing positive for a banned substance found in penis enlargement pills.
Officials say the runner took ExtenZe, the “natural male enhancement pills”, that promise to increase a man's penis size and width.
According to a release from the runner's lawyer, the pills caused him to fail three consecutive tests from October 2009 to January 2010.
The substance in question is dehydroepiandrosterone or DHEA, a type of steroids precursor found in the pills.
23-year-old Merritt says he hopes sponsors, family, friends and fans can forgive him for making a “foolish, immature and egotistical mistake."
He also adds “Any penalty that I may receive for my action will not overshadow the embarrassment and humiliation that I feel inside."
The CEO of United States Track & Field, the governing body of the sport, has since spoken out against Merritt saying he is "disgusted by this entire episode."
"He has now put his entire career under a cloud and in the process made himself the object of jokes. In this day and age, a professional athlete should know better."
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