United States Olympian banned after 'passionate' kissing spiked a drug test

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Gil Roberts is claiming cooties is the cause of his suspension. Getty Images

After being banned from the Olympics for taking prescription drugs, United States athlete Gil Roberts has a reason that's so silly it's hard to not believe. Roberts claims that his positive test was due to kissing a girl that had recently taken moxylong, which contains a masking agent. Olympic officials believed that Roberts took the drug in order to hide his doping.

Roberts is a 400-meter runner and was a key part in USA's 4x400 relay gold medal at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. According to the USADA's report, he has been subjected to testing since 2008, and had not tested positive to this point in his career. 

Roberts claimed that he couldn't even count the number of times he kissed the girl before his test, which gave him the positive. This defense doesn't come completely out of left field. Canadian Shawn Barber used the same claim last year, and he successfully eschewed his suspension. Barber said that he got spiked by kissing an escort that had previously had vodka and cocaine.

The fact that this defense has been recently used, let alone successfully, will likely lead to a significantly closer evaluation of Roberts' claims. Roberts' full story is in the report from the USADA. The pertinent section is as follows:

"[Salazar] arrived back in the United States on March 17 and continued to take the medicine. She saw Roberts soon thereafter, while she was still on the meds. Whenever they were together, they kissed frequently and passionately. Every time she took one of the capsules, she took it apart, poured the contents in her mouth, then swallowed the medicine with water. On March 24, 2017, the date of the drug test, Ms. Salazar arrived at Roberts' apartment near noon; they kissed and 'chilled out.' Around 1:00 or 1:30 pm, she went into the kitchen to take her medicine. She did not tell Roberts what she was doing and he did not see her take the medicine. She opened the capsule, poured the contents in her mouth, then washed it down with water. Shortly thereafter she found Roberts and started kissing him. Roberts could not count the number of times they kissed between 1:00 pm and the doping control officer's arrival."

So there it is. "Frequently and passionately" kissing is what gave Roberts his suspension. It's entirely possible that he isn't lying, but for a defense this specific to be used twice in a year, the second time around it certainly requires a bit of extra inspection.

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