Yoel Romero Wins Big In Lawsuit Against Supplement Company
Yoel Romero had a big day in court today. The UFC Middleweight contender took a supplement company to court, due to a tainted supplement.
Romero failed a USADA test in 2016, for the banned substance Ibutamoren. Immediately he was able to point to a tainted supplement causing the failure. Even with that, Romero still had to serve a 6-month suspension.
It was shortly announced that Romero would be filing a lawsuit against the supplement company which sold the drug. The company goes by the name Gold Star Performance Products. Today, it was determined that Romero won the suit, in a big way.
First reported by Ariel Helwani, Romero won an amount nearing $30 million. According to a statement from Yoel’s manager Abraham Kawa, Romero was rewarded with a large sum of money.
“$27.45 million is the total Yoel was awarded — $3 million for lost wages, $3 million for reputable harm, $3 million for emotional damage … multiplied that times three for the state of New Jersey ‘Consumer Fraud Act.’”
That is quite a bit of cash. However, it seems unlikely that a supplement company of this stature would be able to pay that amount. Regardless, this is a massive step in the right direction. Hopefully more UFC fighters will follow suit, when popping unintentionally.
Yoel Romero has been rumored to be facing off against Paulo Costa. Hopefully this bout still materializes, especially considering the new padding in Yoel’s pocket. Either way, it is hard to feel anything but satisfied when evaluating this event.