Texas Olympic Medalist Blames HEB Supplement For Failed Drug Test

Jaqueline Galloway, a former U.S. Olympian who won bronze in women’s taekwondo over 67kg at the 2016 Summer Olympics, alleged in a Collin County courtroom on Monday that the supplements she purchased in a central market in Plano, Texas, had led to the destruction of his career. .

The lawsuit is rooted in a failed drug test from 2019, according to Michael Williams of The Dallas Morning News, which reports that Galloway, 26, is suing HEB, owner of Central Market, for “deceptive business and marketing practices.”

“I lost who I was as a person,” Galloway said in her testimony. “It wasn’t something internal and hidden in the spotlight. It was broadcast not only to my community, but also to other athletes and kids who looked up to me.”

Galloway claims she purchased multivitamins made by HEB and Nexgen Pharma in February 2019, a week before she failed a random drug test. The Olympian says she tested positive for ibutamoren – which is listed as a banned substance by the US Anti-Doping Agency – and was banned from competition. She is now seeking more than $1 million in damages and claims the bottle of magnesium, calcium and zinc multivitamins never listed Nexgen as its manufacturer, a factor which she says led her to examine the compound further.

Lawyers for HEB and Nexgen dispute Galloway’s claims and raised the possibility that the former Olympian or someone close to her tampered with the bottle after it was opened. Galloway’s fiancé at the time, lawyers noted, was training as a mixed martial arts fighter and may have had access to the supplement bottle.

“Am I saying Mrs. Galloway did it?” HEB attorney Harold J. Lotz asked the jury, according to Williams. “I say no such thing…[but] other people have had access to this bottle.”

Galloway, a longtime resident of Wylie, Texas, says she has passed hundreds of drug tests since starting her athletic career and has never knowingly ingested banned substances. She told the jury that being called a cheat effectively ended her martial arts career and cut off her ability to earn a living.

“It’s my life,” testified Galloway. “I wouldn’t have done anything to risk that.”

Her failed doping test resulted in an immediate suspension from competition and left her with a heartbreaking decision to make: dispute the test results and possibly face a four-year suspension, or accept the failed test and receive a suspension of six months. Galloway says she accepted the six-month suspension in hopes of salvaging her career, but hasn’t competed since late 2019, according to Williams.

Nexgen attorney Russell Schell told the jury in his opening statement on Monday that bottles from the same batch as the Galloway supplements had been tested for ibutamoren and found negative. The opened bottle of Galloway, also sent for testing, contained four pills that tested positive for the substance. Company attorneys maintain that they do not believe Galloway knowingly ingested any banned substances.

A request for comment from HEB representatives was not immediately returned on Tuesday.

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