As mentioned in our September 8, 2016 post, it is an issue for those men involved in professional sports or industries that maintain drug testing regimens to ensure competitive integrity and reduce the risk of injury.
In November 2015, former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star and trainer, Billy Gunn, was released from WWE for reportedly using performance enhancing drugs and not notifying WWE of powerlifting meets at which he was scheduled to compete.
“The first thing I want to make clear is the powerlifting meet that I went to. I wasn’t on it to win that powerlifting contest because it was me against me anyway. I popped on their test, because I was over their test limit. Let’s face it: I’m 52 years old. I have my [prescription] from the doctor, but it was the way it all came out is what they had to do. I don’t blame them at all, and I’m going to take every single bit of it because it wasn’t fair to [WWE development branch] NXT for what [WWE executive] Hunter [Hearst Helmsley] had done for the company. What he’s done with that brand is amazing. [WWE] had to do what they had to do. They did it, and I’m perfectly fine with it, and hopefully one day they’ll hire me back because I feel I was a pretty good coach. It’s just the way it all came out. It wasn’t anything that WWE did; they [had] to do what they did, and I feel like I let the NXTkids down. I never, ever wanted to do that. Ever. So I’ll take that.”
While older males can undergo testosterone replacement therapy to keep a natural level of testosterone in their system, Gunn had a 37:1 testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio. Testosterone levels vary among individuals, but testers in sports examine the relative amounts of testosterone to an isomer of testosterone called epitestosterone. The natural testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio is 1:1 and it rarely exceeds 4:1, which is the highest level the National Football League or International Olympic Committee will allow. Under WWE’s Wellness Policy, the acceptable limit is a staggering 10:1.
If you or a family member have taken testosterone therapy replacement drugs, medications or treatments (with or without experiencing side effects or related conditions), you and/or your family member may be entitled to money damages.