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Former NFLer Settles Lawsuit With Supplement Company

Can't count the number of times I've preached this one to folks, but it always is pertinent, especially given how many basketball, football, baseball and other prospects take supplements, thinking they are helping their bodies grow.

Not all supplements are what they claim to be.

Former San Diego State and NFL running back Femi Ayanbadejo has reached a settlement agreement in his lawsuit against a Nevada supplement company whose product contained synthetic steroids. ...
Ayanbadejo had alleged in his suit that the banned substances were not listed on the label of Max LMG, a pro-hormone product. As a result, he said he tested positive in an NFL steroids test in January 2007 and was suspended for four games. He said the stigma of testing positive helped prevent him from getting back in the league.
"Sometimes athletes have a valid claim against these companies, and sometimes they don't," said Charles Weller, attorney for ALR Industries. "This was a perfect example of a situation where we don't have a valid claim. Ayanbadejo tested positive for exactly what was on the label of Max LMG. In trying to save his career, he chose to point fingers at the supplement company. He took a dietary supplement without doing his due diligence."
The product since has been discontinued. It had not been certified as safe by the NFL or the players association. In legal proceedings, Ayanbadejo pointed out that the company's founder, Author L. Rea, was a pseudonym for Scott Jensen, who was accused of running an illegal steroid ring about 20 years ago and spent nearly seven years in prison. Jensen's attorney said that was "mud that was brought up. It truly has no relevance."

Labeling is a huge issue in the supplement industry, with ingredients often mislabeled or not included according to past studies.

By Josh Barr  | May 22, 2009; 12:11 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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i am thrilled to report that Max LMG will be found in the North Carolina locker room this fall, if they can stop hcclarke's use of them as suppositories

Posted by: mdrockjock | May 27, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

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