T.J. Dillashaw Speaks On His EPO Use: “I Messed Up”

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“I understand the criticism and scrutiny coming my way,” T.J. Dillashaw told fans in a personal video posted to his Instagram on April 12th. The missive is Dillashaw’s first act of public contrition after being dealt a two year USADA suspension following news that he’d tested positive for the performance enhancing substance EPO. The fighter has subsequently been stripped of his UFC bantamweight title, and states he will not fight the decision.

Looking under-rested and inflamed, arm in a sling from recent shoulder surgery, Dillashaw went on to directly acknowledge the damage his choice has caused those who participated in his training camps:

“What I really feel bad about is bad light I’m bringing on my coaches, my family, my teammates. They had no involvement in this and I feel the worst for them…I gotta man up to what I did.

Anyone I let down, obviously my family, my coaches, my teammates. I can’t say sorry enough for stuff that you’re dealing with because of me. But this isn’t the end of me. I’ll be back.”

You can view the complete statement here:

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Kimberly Kaye
Kimberly Kaye is a blue belt under Plinio Cruz now training BJJ and Muay Thai out of NOLA MMA. When she's not being choked or kicked by large Louisianians, she's a student of integrative medicine/nutrition at FCMA and rehabilitator of deaf bully breed dogs no one else wants. Kimberly coexists with the rare diseases CIPO and Ehler-Danlos Syndrome, and is an advocate for disabled individuals in the martial arts community and world at large.
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