According to Lawal, he was taking a supplement called “S-Mass,” which contains the active ingredient 4-Chloro-17a-Methyl-a-andro4-ene3 – a methylated form of the steroid he tested positive for following his win over Lorenz Larkin earlier this month at the Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine event in Las Vegas.
The supplement, which was also sold by other companies under the names “Superdrol” and “Halodrol-50″ among others, is well known in bodybuilding circles as a “designer steroid” as it tok a while for the government to realize what the compound was. The problem is, the supplement isn’t readily available in your typical GNC, so either Mo had some lying around the house since it was pulled from the shelves a five years ago following an FDA ban, or he ordered the pills from a shady internet site that sells banned supplements. Either that or the supplement was simply an excuse that was a step up from saying, “Yeah, I took steroids, but I screwed up my cycle and got caught.” The difference is, taking the latter approach wouldn’t allow you to barter for a lesser suspension like ignorance does.
I wonder if NSAC will ask to see a receipt and the bottle of pills when Lawal appeal’s his suspension or when he reapplies for his license if he decides not to challenge his punishment.
Whatever the case may be, you would think that a guy like Mo who spends countless hours on the Internet studying MMA and boxing matches could have Googled the pills he claims he was taking.