LONDON – American judo fighter Nick Delpopolo was expelled from the Olympic Games on Monday after testing positive for marijuana he said he ate accidentally before arriving in London. Delpopolo is the first of the 10,500 games athletes to fail an in-competition doping test. His case is the fifth positive test for a banned substance reported by the IOC since its official London Games testing period began in mid-July. The other four athletes were caught before competing. The International Olympic Committee said it disqualified Delpopolo from the men’s 73-kilogram class, where he placed seventh. Delpopolo tested positive for metabolites of cannabis after competing on July 30. He apologized to the United States team in a statement acknowledging he was “embarrassed by this mistake.” “My positive test was caused by my inadvertent consumption of food that I did not realize had been baked with marijuana, before I left for the Olympic Games,” Delpopolo said in a statement released by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Anyone want to explain to me why you get sent home from the Olympics for this? For crushing a couple pot brownies in your down time? I mean they are calling it “doping” like he was funneling steroids and performance enhancers before his matches. Umm have you Olympic squares ever smoked weed before? Pretty sure it’s the exact opposite of a performance enhancer. Like I’d be more worried about the dude drifting off in the middle of the fight to pummel a bag of Doritos than I would him having an unfair advantage. Just seems kind of dumb to DQ him from the entire Olympics for a little pot. If Nicky Delpopolo wants to fight stoned who gives a fuck. Hey if I was heading out to a mat to get punched and strangled and crane kicked in the fucking face I’d want to be high as shit too.