After testing positive for steroids, “King Mo” Lawal’s manager, Mike Kogan hopes the MMA community can learn from their experience.
“We were very transparent about all of this and the biggest reason was because we want to make sure people have a chance to do their own research,” Kogan explained to MMAWeekly
Lawal tested positive for anabolic steroid, Drostanolone after his Strikeforce victory over Lorenz Larkin earlier in January, prompting Kogan to speak out about the unusual circumstances surrounding the incident.
According to Kogan, Lawal was taking a commercial supplement called S-Mass Lean which contained the banned substance—something the pair claims to have been unaware of. The longtime manager calls for better regulation of supplements and increased awareness to prevent similar instances.
“The problem is that these materials and this research and information usually becomes available retroactively, not proactively, not ahead of time,” said Kogan. “Can this be prevented? Yes, it can be prevented by regulation through the FDA. But then they have to take on the big lobbying group of the nutrition companies.”
Whatever the case may be, Lawal isn’t the only one to have made a recent plea. Strikeforce Champion, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos claims to have unknowingly taken an illegal steroid contained in one of her dietary supplements. Cyborg will face a one-year suspense while Lawal is still awaiting his decision.