Jeff Demps is a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but before he fully committed to football, he was an Olympic sprinter.
Demps was a member of the United States 4×100 Olympic team that competed in London and won silver but after teammate Tyson Gay tested positive three times last year for “an exogenous androgenic anabolic steroid and/or its metabolites,” the whole team has been stripped of their Olympic medals.
Jamaica won gold, led by Usain Bolt, and in the aftermath of the ruling, Trinidad and Tobago move to silver and France to bronze. Canada had initially won bronze themselves but were disqualified after the race for a lane infraction.
According to IAAF Rule 41, “where the Athlete who has committed an anti-doping rule violation competed as a member of a relay team, the relay team shall be automatically disqualified from the Event in question, with all resulting consequences for the relay team, including the forfeiture of all titles, awards, medals, points and prize money.”
Demps didn’t actually run in the final — Gay, Justin Gatlin, Trell Kimmons and Ryan Bailey had that honor — but Demps was part of the team that competed in the qualifying round so he earned a medal.
Unfortunately, he will no longer have the hardware to show for it.
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