Michael Rodgers Tests Positive for Banned Stimulant in Energy Drink

Former American 100-meter champion Michael Rodgers tested positive for a stimulant found in an energy drink and could be ineligible for the world track championships later this month. Rodgers is the 2009 national champion and qualified for this year's team by finishing third at nationals. He said on his Twitter account that he tested positive.

USA Track and Field spokeswoman Jill Greer said the Anti-Doping Agency is handling his case and would decide Rodgers' eligibility for worlds. A hearing could be expedited and held later this week. A backup sample for Rodgers will be tested Wednesday. Tony Campbell, the agent for Rodgers, said the sprinter tested positive for methylhexaneamine, a stimulant that can be found in energy drinks. Campbell said Rodgers ordered a vodka with an energy drink at a club last month, two days before a meet in Lignano, Italy, where he ran the 100 and was a member of the U.S. relay squad.

"Bad decision on his part. Now he is paying the price for it," Campbell said. "We have to clear his name. That's the main thing we want to do right now. Mike is not a druggie. The only thing he is guilty of is making a poor choice." Two years ago, Rodgers was one of the feel-good stories coming out of nationals: An up-and-coming kid who once made a living selling shoes from the trunk of his car. Known for his bright headband, the 26 year old finished third behind Walter Dix and Justin Gatlin at U.S. championships in June.

"He's broken up by this," Campbell said. "I just told him, 'I hope it's an eye opener for you.' But it's tearing him up inside."

Writer: The Associated Press

August 15, 2011
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