Kevin Lee placed on temporary suspension by NAC for failed drug test, issues statement

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UFC welterweight Kevin Lee has been temporarily suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission pending a meeting with the NAC, for a failed drug test associated with his most recent fight against Daniel Rodriguez.

After the NAC announced Lee’s suspension on Wednesday, Lee released a statement on his Instagram explaining the matter, stating that he never had any intentions of gaining an advantage.

“I have tested over the limit allowed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission in my most recent fight. In 2018 I was diagnosed with adult ADHD, it has always affected me. I did not discover real treatment for the diagnosis until 2020 when I was recovering from my double knee surgeries. I was prescribed Adderall from a doctor to improve my mental health. I told representatives from USADA but did not apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption from the NSAC before my last fight. For that, I truly apologize to the UFC, the commission, my opponent, Dana White, the matchmakers, Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard, and the fans.”

“It was never my intention to gain an athletic advantage. It was an attempt to conquer the severe anxiety I silently suffer from daily. I am actively cooperating with the Nevada Athletic Commission and expect to reach an agreement on a sanction. I will use this time to heal and come back stronger. Sorry for my lack of professionalism that lead to this disappointment, I’ll be back.”

This is not a matter related to USADA, UFC’s anti-doping program, as the Nevada Athletic Commission was the one who administered the test.

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