Kevin Lee suspended by NAC after failed drug test

UFC welterweight Kevin Lee has been temporarily suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission after a failed drug test associated with his Aug. 28 loss to Daniel Rodriguez.

On Wednesday, the NAC announced that Lee had been suspended after testing positive for amphetamine. Following the NAC announcement, Lee issued a statement via social media where he explained that he has adult ADHD and is trying to manage it with medication.

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“I have tested over the limit allowed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission in my most recent fight. In 2018 I was diagnosed with Adult ADHD, it has always affected me. I did not discover real treatment for the diagnosis until 2020 when I was recovering from my double knee surgeries. I was prescribed Adderall from a doctor to improve my mental Health. I told representatives from USADA but did not apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption from the NSAC before my last fight. For that, I truly apologize to the UFC, the commission, my opponent, Dana White, the matchmakers, Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard, and the fans,” Lee wrote on Instagram.

“It was never my intention to gain an athletic advantage. It was an attempt to conquer the severe anxiety I silently suffer from daily. I am actively cooperating with the Nevada Athletic Commission and expect to reach an agreement on a sanction. I will use this time to heal and come back stronger. Sorry for my lack of professionalism that lead to this disappointment, I’ll be back.”

Lee (18-7) has headlined multiple UFC fight cards. The 29-year old has lost five of his last seven bouts.

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