Hendricks: GSP threw me under the bus with maybe ‘shady’ VADA testing
The French Canadian site TVSAports.ca recently reported that Johny Hendricks had not filled out paperwork for Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) testing that a frustrated UFC welterweight champion George St-Pierre had requested to allay entirely baseless rumors that he had used PEDs at some point.
When asked initially if he would participate in pre fight drug testing, Hendricks agreed, and in good humor.
“Heck ya,” said Hendricks in an interview with UFC Central Radio on Sportsnet 590 The Fan in July. “The worst thing that they’re going to find is a little bit of protein in my diet. If eating wild hogs and organic deer meat and a little bit of glutamine is bad for the ol’ system, then I might fail.”
The devil is always in the details, and when it came time to test, the GSP camp insisted it be conducted through the Las Vegas-based Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, a company which prominently features St-Pierre on the front page of its website. To Hendricks, that’s cause to question VADA’s impartiality.
“I don’t know GSP and for him to say ‘yeah, let’s go take the test over here and nowhere else that I suggested or that even the UFC suggested,’ that’s a little suspect to me,” said Hendricks. “My career is held in his hands and here he has a foot in the door with the VADA group.”
“That’s like if you’re trying out for a job, and a guy says, hey, we’re both trying out for the same job, you both gotta sign up for a drug test. And he says ‘hey I’ve got a really good guy that you can drug test over here.’ Are you going to take that drug test over here with someone that he knows, or are you going to get someone you don’t know, so that way it’s on equal grounds?”
“I’m not willing to say ‘You know what GSP, you might be correct, they may not be shady, they might do it 100 percent correct. But you’re talking about, I beat GSP that’s millions of dollars. If I do this drug test, and they do do something to where I don’t get it, now it might cost me millions of dollars, I’m not willing to risk that for GSP just to sit here and push VADA.”
“My manager, his management group and the UFC and the Nevada commission, they got on the phone and they talked an hour or so. I wasn’t on the conference call. We said yeah, we’ll test for anything, but we don’t know how deep and we don’t still know if GSP is in with VADA.”
“Once we found out it was a little suspect, we said, let’s still do the drug testing, but let’s take it a step further. Let’s go to WADA, the world Olympic testing. The Nevada commission, they picked WADA, they had nothing but good things to say. … We wanted to do WADA. When the UFC said let’s do WADA, I was 100 percent ready for that.”
“Then all of a sudden a week later after the conference call, I didn’t know GSP was going to be doing a drug test, then it comes out that ‘Johny denied it. I said hey, you didn’t even tell me you were going to do VADA. The last I heard from my management and the UFC was WADA. Then GSP just went and did VADA on his own and threw me under the bus to clear his name.”