Mike Tyson’s Undisputed Truth Can Lead to Undisputed Legal Consequences

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(image via Brian Birzer via Wikimedia)

In his recently published biography, The Undisputed Truth, Mike Tyson made several revelations including admitting to being on cocaine during some of his bouts and using extreme measures to pass the drug tests.

Candid truth is refreshing, however, with truth comes consequences.

Most State and Provincial athletic commissions have laws dealing with the repercussions for athletes who perform while using illegal PED’s.  To take Nevada, the fight capital of the world, as one example, NAC 467.850(6) allows the commission to change a win to a “no decision” for any combatant who does not comply with their drug policies (which prohibit cocaine use in competition).

If there are any financial repercussions that flow from such a change Tyson’s admission can open the doors to legal action to recover damages.  The passage of time is usually not a barrier as the limitation clock often does not start ticking in cases of fraud until the fraud becomes revealed (and yes, in case you’re wondering, using a “whizzer” to pass a drug test is unquestionably fraud). Again, to take Nevada as an example, NRS 11.190 contains such a provision for lawsuits based on fraud holding that “the cause of action in such a case shall be deemed to accrue upon the discovery by the aggrieved party of the facts constituting the fraud or mistake“.

As previously discussed the discovery of doping after the fact can have repercussions.  In the world of combat sports there are real world consequences to masked PED use.  Perhaps win bonuses were wrongly paid out.  Perhaps a loser gets cut from an organization based on the losing effort that really should have been a no contest and suffers financial consequences as a result.  Doping and fraud often come to light with the passage of time and revelation of aged secrets.  Real legal consequences can leave their mark years after the fact.  Just ask Lance Armstrong.


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