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WWE releases statement regarding Brock Lesnar’s drug-test failure

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

It's still unclear if Brock Lesnar will be penalized by WWE for his USADA drug-test failure.

WWE released a statement regarding Lesnar's potential USADA anti-doping violation Friday night and it said very little.

"Brock Lesnar has not performed for WWE since WrestleMania and is not scheduled to return until Sunday, August 21," the statement read.

Lesnar was initially supposed to appear on television before that return date, per MMA Fighting's Dave Meltzer, but the statement makes it sound like that will no longer be the case.

Wrestlemania was April 3. Aug. 21 is the date of WWE's SummerSlam pay-per-view event. It still remains hazy whether or not WWE will discipline Lesnar at all. Typically, the pro-wrestling company has suspended fighters for failed drug tests, even if they were conducted by other organizations, in the past. But first-time violators of WWE's wellness policy are usually issued a 30-day suspension, which would still allow Lesnar to be at SummerSlam.

Lesnar, 39, defeated Mark Hunt by unanimous decision at UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas. It was his first UFC fight since 2011. The MMA promotion gave him an exemption from its rule that states a retired athlete has to notify USADA four months out of a return so as to be placed in the drug-testing pool. Lesnar was tested eight times in the last five weeks. A June 28 test caught a banned substance and USADA was notified by the lab July 14, per the UFC.

USADA has not released the name of the prohibited drug that Lesnar tested for and won't until the completion of his adjudication process, unless Lesnar comments on it publicly himself. Lesnar is provisionally suspended currently, but no complete sanction will be placed on him by USADA until the completion of the results management process.

Lesnar will also have to go before the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC), which has jurisdiction due to his fight with Hunt being in Las Vegas.

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