Below is a letter from Nick Thompson regarding Shawn Sherk's positive test for steroids. I was wondering if there is any validity to the claims that a level of 12 could be indicative of a false positive.
You guys are the experts.....what do you think?
There are those of you who are going to believe that Sherk used steroids regardless of what he says or what happens with his appeals. This is not to you. I write this to those of you who will actually weigh the evidence and keep an open mind. I am a close teammate of Sherk and have never known him to use anything illegal. And after hearing his response to his positive drug test, I sincerely believe it to be a false positive.
Sherk trains harder than anyone I have ever met. He takes an ungodly amount of supplements and maintains a rigorous diet in order to train the way he does. The fact is, Sherk's level of nandralone was very low. Sherk tested at a 12. An athlete who uses nandralone should test between 40 and 80. So the only way Sherk could have used steroids and tested at 12 is if he was coming off of a cycle. In order to be coming off of a cycle, he would have had to of taken the steroids around the time he was having surgery on his shoulder � a time when he was not lifting or exercising whatsoever. Now you tell me what sense does it make that an athlete who lives a very strict lifestyle and has passed numerous drug tests in the past would go on a cycle at a time when he couldn't even exercise?
Moreover, increased exercise increases your nandralone levels naturally. And seeing how Sherk trains harder than anyone I have ever met, it makes sense that his levels would naturally be higher. On top of that, supplements can sometimes give false positives. Again, the fact that Sherk takes so many supplements is conducive to the idea that this is a false positive.
Sherk is appealing the drug test. I believe subsequent drug tests and testing of his supplements will prove that Sherk did not cheat. Sherk is someone who has dedicated his life to mma and has done it cleanly. I feel terrible for him that his reputation has been smeared through no wrong doing of his own. I ask that you consider all the facts and reserve judgment until that time.