At UFC 211, Cortney Casey earned a victory over fellow competitor Jessica Aguilar. However, the win was later overturned. The state of Texas claimed Casey had failed a drug test. However, the fighter did not fail any test taken by the UFC’s own USADA. As a result, the MMA promotion has moved to exonerate Casey of her allegedly failed drug test. Now, Casey has come forward with a response to the situation.
Cortney Casey told Bloody Elbow that being associated with steroid is no small thing for a professional athlete.
“One of the worst things that can happen to an athlete is being associated with steroids in any way, shape or form. I don’t want to have that asterisk next to my name. I’m innocent, but that’ll still be there; some people aren’t going to read the second article, some people aren’t going to understand it, or they’re going to think I just found a loophole. I can’t change the way they think because they heard I used steroids, so I’ll always be attached to that and it sucks.
“I was approached at Target, and I was told that I had let the island down, that I was a cheater, and asked how I could do that to my fans. I live on a small island and word travels fast; they don’t call it Coconut Wireless for nothing.
“It’s one thing for people to attack me on social media, but then they went and found my mom on social media. When I posted pictures of the kids I train, people were saying things like, ‘Don’t take steroids like your coach.’”