Valentijne: I don’t know of a ‘Reem medical condition

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

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.