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Podcast: ‘The Tyson Situation’

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Tyson Gay crosses the finish line after competing in the men's 100m heats at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Gay later admitted to using performance enhancing drugs before setting the fastest 100-meter time in July 2013. (Oliver Morin/AFP/GettyImages)

Last summer, U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay was poised to take the crown from Jamaica’s Usain Bolt at the 2013 world championships in Moscow. But after Gay failed a drug test, it seemed like yet another sob story of a promising athlete’s fall from grace.

ProPublica’s David Epstein explains in his latest report that Gay was likely done in by an obscure cream given to him by his anti-aging specialist, Clayton Gibson III. It clearly listed testosterone and DHEA among other ingredients which are banned in Olympic sports – demonstrating how unconventional health practitioners are often unfamiliar with the intricacies of drug exams. “I don’t have a sabotage story. I don’t have any lies … I basically put my trust in someone and I was let down,” Gay said.

Epstein joins the podcast this week to discuss how Gay’s case provides a view of the “slipshod medical underworld of top-level sport”; how the hormone replacement industry has grown tremendously across all sectors, not just among athletes; and how the long-term effects of these supplements, creams and potions still remain a mystery: “The test subjects are the people using it right now,” Epstein says.

You can listen to this podcast on iTunes and Stitcher. And for more on this investigation, read our co-published report with Sports Illustrated: Cheat Sheet: The Tyson Gay File.

I don’t buy that these athletes are being duped.
Their health and strength is a #1 priority.
They know exactly what they’re doing and just hope not to get caught.
They just fall back on the “I didn’t know” whenever they get found out.
If that’s not true for Gay, he’s completely out there in la-la land.

Jerryd Smith

Feb. 13, 1:06 p.m.

The current occupant of the White House, setting a Tone at the Top, not infrequently also claims, “I didn’t know,” as if that would keep him from being responsible or accountable for some of the awful disasters and calamities of management and politics.  It is catching.

Who cares what professional athletes do to themselves?

Andre Cadet

Feb. 13, 2:43 p.m.

$$$$$$$  makes whores   out of 90%  of everyone!!!!  OF COURSE HEALTH IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM USING A SUBSTANCE FOR   INCREASING ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE.  When you are young,  fame and money are #1!!!  Health is a distant second——AND they don’t care about future health problems!  NOW!  IS WHAT COUNT!!

Edith Richman

Feb. 13, 7:56 p.m.

Much like out cheating politicians , the Wall Street people who want money no matter who they hurt, the people.

The athelete fame and money, so why should they be any different from the role models they have arround them; It’s become the way of the world—cheat, steal and kill.

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