Ricky Garard Disqualified for Doping + CrossFit HQ, Garard, & Patrick Vellner Respond
Ricky Garard was disqualified from the 2014 Crossfit Games after testing positive for steroids. He tested positive for stanozolol (a metabolite of testosterone) and its analogues, at the 2013 Crossfit Games in San Jose, California. At the time he claimed it was accidental ingestion of a dietary supplement containing them. After further investigation, it was determined that he had been using them for years.
After being notified of his disqualification, Garard posted a statement on Instagram: “I want to apologize to my coaches, teammates and everyone else involved with the sport I’ve devoted so much of myself to over the past few years.” He went on to say that he would not appeal the decision because he did not believe there was any merit in doing so.
The following day, CrossFit HQ released a statement saying they were “disappointed” by Garard’s actions. They stated that they are working with the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to conduct an independent investigation into the matter.
On January 10th, 2016, a former teammate of Garard’s named Patrick Vellner responded to his post on Instagram. He wrote: “Good luck in your future endeavors.” In the comments section, he added: “Can’t wait to kick your [expletive].” This led to some people wondering how it was that a former member of Team Garard seemed to know about the investigation before anyone else did (CrossFit HQ didn’t make their statement public until January 7th).
Others defended Vellner, saying that he probably just had suspicions, not an actual “leak.”
Vellner posted this comment on December 30th, 2015. One month later, on January 30th he posted a response:
“You all are hilarious. I didn’t leak anything, nor would I ever. Let’s try to keep the internet hateration to a dull roar. Focus on who you are really mad at, the doper who cheated, not the messenger.”
Despite his claims of innocence, many people continue to blame Vellner for leaking information about the positive test.
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Sources & references used in this article:
- Suicide and Lifting (M Coutinho – elitefts.com)