Lyman Good suing supplement company over anti-doping suspension

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The dream of everyone in combat sports is to compete in Madison Square Garden. That dream turns into the deepest burning desire the closer on New York City you are raised. Manhattan native and UFC welterweight Lyman Good was contracted to be part of the league’s epic return to New York at UFC 205 on November 12, 2016, but had a test flagged for the anabolic agent 1-androstenedione.

On October 24 Good was provisionally suspended and pulled from the fight with Belal Muhammad. In April USADA announced that Good had accepted a suspension of six months. Two years would have been the normal suspension, but USADA established that the failure was due to a tainted supplement, that did not list the steroid.

Good returned from the suspension at UFC on FOX 25 and lost a split decision vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos in the Fight of the Night. Now, in a move that is good for the sport, Good is fighting back – TMZ reports that the fighter has filed two suits against multiple companies charging false advertising, breach of express warranty, deceptive acts and practices, and assault and battery. The companies include Rich Gaspari, Gaspari Nutrition, Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, Jared Wheat, Vitamin Shoppe, Millennium Sport Technologies, and Matthew Masuda.

The suit contends that Good bought Anavite dietary supplements from a Vitamin Shoppe, with the belief that he was taking a multivitamin, but they instead contained the prohibited steroid, which is not listed on the label. Anavite is manufactured by Gaspari Nutrition.

The description indicates nothing but multivitamin:

Anavite goes far beyond a mere high potency multivitamin and mineral formula. It’s really three supplements in one. A high potency athlete’s multivitamin formula with optimal, clinically validated doses of beta-alanine and Carnipure L-carnitine L-tartrate for vastly increasing endurance and nitric oxide levels while reducing recovery time, thus optimally increasing aerobic and anaerobic athletic performance.

“Defendants initiated and have continued this fraudulent scheme of adulteration and steroid distribution despite prior and ongoing lawsuits against them for similar conduct, as they appear to believe that this scheme is still profitable,” read the complaint, which was obtained by Marc Raimondi for MMA Fighting. “For this reason, Plaintiff seeks injunctions and punitive damages to punish and deter the repeated, unlawful behavior of Defendants.”

Detering companies that lace OTC supplements with illegal drugs would be good for the sport, and the universe. Thank you Lyman Good.