Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Kevin Lee Suspended From Their Sports After Testing Positive For Banned Substances

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Kevin Lee have been handed suspensions in their respective sport after testing positive for banned substances.

Chavez Jr. returns to the suspension list with a retroactive three-year suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), which came from an unresolved drug testing violation in October 2019. Lee received a six-month USADA test after testing positive for Adderall, which was a prescribed medication, but is still listed as a banned substance in the sport.

Chavez Jr. (52-6, 34 KOs), son of retired boxing legend Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., has not fought since losing to Anderson Silva in June and doesn’t seem to have any upcoming fights lined up, but the 35-year-old was still handed the suspension, which will last until October 24, 2022.

He is also required to pay a fine of $3,197.72 and enter a commission-approved random drug testing program.

This isn’t the first time he was placed on suspension. He was temporarily suspended by the NSAC when the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) revealed he evaded testers at Wild Card Gym in Hollywood when asked for a urine sample.

The temporary suspension was later extended by the NSAC, and he was suspended indefinitely last May 12.

Meanwhile, in the UFC, Lee apologized to the public on Instagram for testing positive for Adderall.


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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.”

“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 lost four of his last five fights. One was by KO/TKO and two were by submission.

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