I don't buy this one. Asthma steroids are in a class called glucocorticoids, while anabolic steroids are synthetic versions of androgens (male sex hormones). I would think the testing could sort out which chemical class he's using. I doubt Advair would cause enough of a crossover to show up positive for anabolic steroids. Sounds like Thomas is just looking for an excuse.
This is an odd one to say the least. On one hand, I would wonder why Thomas would take any steroid considering the Saints have mandated that he stay below 335 which is where he is now roughly, assuming he did take a steroid.
On the other hand, Thomas is in his 11th season and has always had asthma. I seriously wonder why all of the sudden his treatment (unless he recently changed but Advair has been around for some time) caused a "false" positive. Not to be negative, but I would think after 11 years he's been tested enough times that his medicine would have already caused a "false" positive if it ever were going to.
Glucocorticosteroids are widely used in medicine. They possess therapeutic potential in several chronic inflammatory and other diseases. They are also widely used in sports medicine for the treatment of conditions such as asthma and acute injuries. People in NFL need to establish some sort of requests for therapeutic use exemption for glucocorticosteroids. This is absurd.
OK I just heard an interview with Thomas and it's not clear what he tested positive for. According to Thomas he tested positive for Clenbuterol which is NOT a steroid, it's a beta-agonist in the same family as Albuterol. Anyone with asthma knows Albuterol, it's very common. Thomas was taking at least two beta-agonists, Serevent and Albuterol.
The thing is Clenbuterol is not found in any US medication approved for humans and its main use appears to be veterinary and.......in body-builders as a performance enhancer and to give a more ripped appearance. So Thomas is claiming basically the test screwed up and mistakenly identified one of his other beta-agonists as Clenbuterol.
Is this possible? I don't know but it seems like something that could happen, so maybe I was too hard on Thomas and he deserves the benefit of the doubt. Or maybe he really did take Clenbuterol and is lying, we'll probably never know.