The ex-Philadelphia Phillies pitcher JC Romero and his attorneys recently settled a lawsuit (I assume with Vitamin Shoppe and GNC) regarding a product I once sold called 6-oxo extreme. You can read the New York Daily News Article here
I don’t want to waste my time going into the background of this case. And I am not going to discuss it in great deal as to do so would bore the hell out of you. In reality, there is no need to say anything more than to present to you vital facts which make every other aspect of this matter irrelevant.
So I present to you these facts (which sadly the media completely missed)
1) The supplement ITSELF that Romero took was under a class of banned substances. It was under the category of “aromatase inhibitors”. Regardless of whether there was contamination this fact remains. Compounds within a category are considered illegal under a “catch all” phrase, even if they are not specifically listed.
2) The product, 6-oxo extreme, had a clear disclaimer which told users to check with their athletic organizations before using if they are subject to doping testing. This disclaimer was put on there specifically to make sure that people like JC Romero would not take it!!
3) Romero failed to heed the label warning – not to mention the MLB rules – and failed to check with his organization to see if the product was admissable.
4) Romero admits he took 6-oxo extreme, clearly a banned product under MLB doping rules.
REGARDLESS OF CONTAMINATION HE ADMITTEDLY COMMITTED A DOPING OFFENSE
In essence, this is really not much different than taking growth hormone that is contaminated with testosterone – testing positive for testosterone – and then protesting your innocence by blaming the manufacturer of the growth hormone.
That’s pretty much all I have to say