Valentijne: I don't know of a 'Reem medical condition

by Steven Marrocc | source: mmajunkie.com
 

In a recent interview with MMAJunkie, Valentijn Overeem said it would be news to him if his brother Alistair needed testosterone for medical reasons.

"Because I know him so well that I think I should be aware of something like that," Valentijn said. "If that was the case, I think I would know. I would be surprised."

"There are different reasons why someone could have high testosterone. Taking steroids is one of them. Some people have natural testosterone at a high level anyway. I'm not saying my brother is one of those people, but there's more possibilities. If the [athletic commission] tests the sample again, just to make sure there were no mistakes, I think that would be a good start."*

"There are certain rules, and athletes have to abide by the rules. If there would be a second opinion or a second test, I'm sure that would change the result. The bottom line is, I think everybody just wants to know the truth. So by being transparent and double checking it, that won't harm anyone."

"You're innocent until proven guilty, and I think that's the way it should be. Look at Lance Armstrong: They've been talking about him taking stuff forever. Because you're a very good athlete and winning a lot of events doesn't necessarily mean that (you take performance-enhancing drugs). That just means that you're very dedicated and talented. I think that's the case with Alistair.

"There are always going to be people that say, 'I knew this, I knew that,' but then again, let [the commission] do whatever they have to do, and we'll see the result in the end when things are final. I think it's a bit early to jump to conclusions."

"Overeem has long been dogged by allegations of steroid use but until this past March had never tested positive for banned substances."

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*Valentijn was apparently unaware that his brother had the option of requesting the "B" sample be tested, but declined to do so. The test for the second sample could have come back within the normal range, exonerating the Dutch fighter. Or it could have come back showing the presence of synthetic testosterone, which would be further evidence against him.

Alistair Overeem will appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission at a hearing on April 24 in Las Vegas. His manager maintains there is a reasonable explanation for the test, which showed a testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio of 14:1, well in excess of the 1:1 which is normal, and even 6:1, within which 99% of the population falls.

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kulraven site profile image  

4/18/12 3:23 PM by kulraven

Juiced up 260lb monster Reem or natural 225lb good Reem? It has been obvious to anyone with eyes that the guy has been cheating for years.I enjoy his fights like the next guy, but he is a cheater.

kulraven site profile image  

4/18/12 3:21 PM by kulraven

Except....those who tested him time and time again for years you fucking tool.

sevenwithcheese site profile image  

4/18/12 10:56 AM by sevenwithcheese

Are you and your brother professional fighters? That kinda-sorta changes everything. Two normal brothers may not talk about low T, but if I'm getting TRT and it's helping me out ... why would I keep that from my brother who has had a lot of struggles in his career? To the people saying he threw Alistair under the bus, maybe he just got sick of Alistair telling everyone that he never took fighting serious, and didn't train hard, and didn't really care.

UG_Throw it up site profile image  

4/18/12 10:54 AM by UG_Throw it up

I find humor in the little things like a movie quote... Don't be a dick

Mix6APlix site profile image  

4/18/12 10:51 AM by Mix6APlix

If it's going to result in jail time, then I keep my mouth shut and look the other way. That's in life. I'd do my best to make sure he doesn't end up in jail regardless. There's a big difference between life and sport. Legit LOL @ Budo Bunch, and quite far from it. My father was just a old school man who taught me that a man's word is his word and should be worth just as much, if not more than a written contract.

kingjames100 site profile image  

4/18/12 10:51 AM by kingjames100

Moran.

UGCTT_Suess site profile image  

4/18/12 10:47 AM by UGCTT_Suess

i don't know where you get the idea that i stalk you or call you names, but ok.  if you are really defending this situation as if you would do the same to your brother, i feel bad for your brother.   

UG_Throw it up site profile image  

4/18/12 10:42 AM by UG_Throw it up

Did you just say mind bottling?? Lol

Bootsy Collins site profile image  

4/18/12 10:30 AM by Bootsy Collins

Your family taught you humility in victory & respect in defeat?? What were you the fucking Budo Bunch?So- hypothetically, your younger brother breaks some small shitty law; do you rat him out to 'preserve'Plix family honor?

Mix6APlix site profile image  

4/18/12 9:53 AM by Mix6APlix

And I am 100% certain that you stalk me on this forum like some total fucking weirdo, and call me names like a 5th grader. But you know, hey whatever gets your rocks off. My dislike, for hatred is too strong a word in this case, isn't directed at Overeem in specifically, just cheaters in general. But hey, if you want to defend cheaters, well, that says volumes more about yourself than it does me.