Olympic 400m champion, LaShawn Merrit has paid a huge price for his quest to have a bigger penis.Â Traces ofÂ anabolic steroids were found in Merritâ€™s samples and he faces a two-year ban after testing positive to illegal performance-enhancing drugs, contained in an over-the-counter penis enlargement product.
The 23-year-old American said: â€œTo know that Iâ€™ve tested positive as a result of a product that I used for personal reasons is extremely difficult to wrap my hands around.
â€œI hope my sponsors, family, friends and the sport itself will forgive me for making such a foolish, immature and egotistical mistake.
â€œAny penalty that I may receive for my action will not overshadow the embarrassment and humiliation that I feel inside.
â€œI am deeply sorry and hope that other athletes who take these types of over-the-counter products will be even more cautious and read the fine print, because if it can happen to me, it could happen to you.â€
Merrit won the Beijing 2008 Olympic gold and added the 2009 World Championships title last year in Berlin. He was also a member of the American 4x400m relay team who won gold at both events.
â€œHe has now put his entire career under a cloud and in the process made himself the object of jokes,â€ said USA Track and Field chief executive Doug Logan, who added he was â€œdisgusted by this entire episodeâ€.