Following the news that Jarrell Miller tested dirty for a banned substance and then had his boxing license suspended (nixing his upcoming fight against Anthony Joshua), Miller has taken to social media to maintain his innocence.
“I want to thank all of my supporters who have stood by me since day one and especially during this extremely difficult time.
“I have not been tuned in to social media and any other media outlets to focus and channel all of my energies into working hard with no distractions.
“I am absolutely devastated upon hearing the news my boxing license has been revoked in NY State and I will be vigorously appealing this decision. I have NEVER knowingly taken any banned substance and when I found out the news last night I was totally shocked.
“My team and I stand for integrity, decency & honesty and together we will stand to fight this with everything we have!
“This was a voluntarily test that I was very happy to do and these results came just one week after another voluntarily test that I had taken which was completely clean. I refuse to just lie down and let my dream be taken away from me when I know in my heart that I’ve done nothing wrong.
“15 years of hard work. I’m WARRIOR .. I don’t need a banned substance.
“Remember don’t believe everything you hear and see. The facts will prevail and I shall be vindicate[d]. I don’t have anything to hide and the truth will make itself known.”
It seems that with Miller electing to appeal his suspension, he will go through with having his B sample tested in order to confirm the positive test results of his A sample, although in practice the B sample almost always confirms the results of the initial test. But one thing to note about Miller’s statement is that he mentions that he ‘never knowingly’ took banned substances.
Even if true, that most certainly won’t get him a pass on this positive test, and it now looks like Miller has lost the opportunity of a lifetime.