God bless Ryan Lochte and his beautiful, vacuous noggin.
This week, the notoriously dimwitted 12-time Olympic medalist scored himself yet another lengthy suspension from the U.S. swimming program. Lochte posted an Instagram photo of himself attached to an IV drip, being pumped full of vitamins.
This is the photo that got Ryan Lochte banned 14 months. pic.twitter.com/1CljxSFlzy
— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) July 23, 2018
The vitamins themselves are perfectly legal (a commonly sold B-vitamin complex, according to Lochte), but the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency wasn’t thrilled with the way Lochte chose to administer them. According to anti-doping regulations, supplements over 100 milliliters may only be given with a therapeutic use exemption. Lochte wasn’t aware of the limit and didn’t have an exemption. He accepted his 14-month ban with vapid grace.
Serena’s No Dope
Speaking of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Queen Serena Williams is not happy about what she considers to be discriminatory testing practices.
…and it’s that time of the day to get “randomly” drug tested and only test Serena. Out of all the players it’s been proven I’m the one getting tested the most. Discrimination? I think so. At least I’ll be keeping the sport clean #StayPositive
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) July 25, 2018
This isn’t the first time Williams has come up against the USADA. In June, her relationship with the agency made headlines when a USADA agent reportedly refused to leave her residence before acquiring a sample for testing. He eventually left without getting a sample, and the story was effectively squashed by all involved.
For what it’s worth, Williams can hardly be blamed for feeling singled out. As of June, she had been tested five times by the USDA. Out of the rest of the top ten female tennis players, two were tested twice (Venus Williams and Coco Vandeweghe), two were tested once (Sloan Stephens and Madison Keys), and the other five were not tested at all.
Good News for Jim Kelly
After giving an emotional speech while receiving the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at last week’s ESPY’s, NFL legend Jim Kelly received some good news about his ongoing battle with oral cancer.
In an Instagram post by his wife Jill, the Kellys announced that scans from a recent MRI and CT scan showed that Jim is once again cancer free.
Double thumbs up! MRI and CTScans are clear. Still working through major pain management, but PRAISE THE LORD, no evidence of cancer. And can I just say, Jim’s brothers are amazing! I’ve watched them stand with Jim in good times and bad. I’ve witnessed a love between siblings that is remarkable. What a blessing to be part of such an amazing family. Thank you Pat, Ray, Ed, Danny and Kevin for being an example of what a loving, devoted family should look like. Add your humor and faith to the mix and we have everything we need. Love you guys so much!
Kelly announced in February that his cancer had returned after previously being declared free of cancer in 2016. After two surgeries (one of which lasted a grueling 12 hours), Kelly is back in the clear.
We at Sports Are From Venus wish him all the best in his continued recovery. Jim Kelly’s toughness is an inspiration.
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