Kevin Lee has admitted that he’s been flagged by the NSAC and is expecting a USADA violation to be coming soon.
Lee returned in August against Daniel Rodriguez in a welterweight bout. Following the disappointing decision loss, Lee has tested positive for Adderall. The substance in question is used to treat a variety of mental disorders including ADHD and anxiety which he specified as his reasons for taking it.
On Wednesday, the “Motown Phenom” posted on Instagram and shared the news of his impending violation with USADA. In addition, the former lightweight admitted that he never applied for a therapeutic use exemption. Lee shared that he’s actively working with NSAC and expects a ruling to be rendered very soon.
“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.
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.” Kevin Lee posted.
Prior to his mishap with USADA, Kevin Lee has been struggling to find his footing in the UFC. Specifically, the Detroit native suffered a loss to lightweight champion Charles Oliveira. Following the backstep at lightweight, Lee tried his hand at welterweight, however that result did not go his way either.
The lightweight followed up his post with a video of him pouring his prescription Adderall down the sink. With a renewed desire to compete again, Kevin Lee seems adamant about getting his mind right and returning to face top competition.