The Pendulum -
Brian came forward, said it was a stupid thing to do, as he'd thought he wasn't going to make weight. Understandable for a 23 year old.
Point is, he's never dodged criticism for it, and has absolutely held himself responsible. I believe him. I don't believe guys who get popped over and over, while insisting they took nothing, or go with the tainted supplement excuse. Having said that, if the guy can immediately identify the substance, I'd be more inclined to believe them. Coming out and saying 'I don't know what supplements I take' is not truthful and a blatant slap in the face to fans.
What sucks is that the tainted supplement reason or excuse can be a completely legitimate and real explanation, but in most cases it’s blown off because that’s what everybody says. After hearing Barnett on the JRE and a few other fighters talking about it, I have a different perspective.
However I do agree with you that if guys are getting popped multiple times and have the same excuse, it’s possible they are unaware/not benefitting but we see it as more likely to be just cheating and trying to get away with it. I understand some ingredients are listed but ultimately you have to know what to take and not take.