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Boxing: Gilbert lawyer disputes test results

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RENO, Nev. (AP) ” The director of Nevada’s boxing regulatory agency said tests on a second ” or “B” ” urine sample confirmed the presence of banned substances in middleweight boxer Joey Gilbert, a conclusion strongly disputed by Gilbert’s lawyer.

“We’ve been waiting for the “B” sample test results for several weeks now,” Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission, said Wednesday. “They show the presence of a stanozolol metabolite on Mr. Gilbert’s pre-fight urine sample.”

Kizer said the metabolite indicates steroid use. An “A” sample tested earlier found 2 of 3 metabolites, while the “B” sample found one, he said.



But Gilbert’s lawyer, Mark Schopper in Reno, said the testing was flawed and criticized what he called the commission’s lack of protocols for drug testing.

“The test came back with one metabolite,” Schopper said. He said their toxicologist was informed by the Las Vegas lab that conducted the first test that at least two metabolites are necessary for a positive finding.



“You need three to show definitively that’s what he was taking,” Schopper said.

“Every sports organization in America … has protocols. Different things can show up at different levels. The Nevada Athletic Commission is the only organization that I can find that doesn’t have protocols in place,” he said.

Schopper said Kizer’s claim the test was positive “is factually incorrect and reflects the carelessness with which the executive director has handled statements to the media throughout the matter.”

Gilbert gained international attention on the NBC reality series “The Contender,” which aired in 2005. A licensed lawyer who was a three-time national collegiate champion at Nevada, he has a 16-1 record with 12 knockouts as a professional.

In the past Gilbert has used Lake Tahoe’s South Shore for altitude-based training.

Kizer said the commission would go forward with its disciplinary proceedings against Gilbert.

“He’s being faced with five different non-approved substances in his system,” Kizer said.

The commission has a Jan. 24 meeting scheduled in Las Vegas, but Kizer said Gilbert was not on the agenda, though he has been offered a hearing on that date.

Gilbert, 31, tested positive for anabolic steroid, methamphetamine and amphetamine and three other substances before and after his knockout victory over Charles Howe at the Grand Sierra Resort on Sept. 21.

The commission later dismissed the methamphetamine charge, after receiving conflicting results for the substance.

The original tests were conducted by Quest Diagnostics in Las Vegas.

The B samples for the steroid, methamphetamine and amphetamine were sent to the University of Utah Center for Human Toxicology at Gilbert’s request.

Kizer said the second steroid results also matched a private test, solicited by Gilbert and conducted by Quest on Oct. 5.

Schopper said the commission was aware that Gilbert, before the disputed fight, had been taking prescribed medications, including Valium. He argues some of the foreign substances discovered by the tests could be byproducts of those, and that Gilbert had stopped taking them at least five days before the bout as advised by the commission.

“He was off of them, they knew he was,” Schopper said. “Who’s going to take Valium before a professional boxing match?

“The fact that trace amounts could still be detected in his system is irrelevant,” Schopper said.

Kizer acknowledged that three of the findings “are consistent with taking Valium.”

Last month Gilbert turned over to the commission results of a lie detector test he took in October that he says shows he never knowingly took any illegal substances.

“Joey’s the only professional athlete I know who’s done that,” Schopper said. “Where does he go to get his reputation back?”


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