Ricky Garard’s Girlfriend Blames Herself for Failed Drug Test

Ricky Garard during the Madison Triplet during the 2017 CrossFit Games. Photo by The Barbell Spin
Ricky Garard during the Madison Triplet during the 2017 CrossFit Games. Photo by The Barbell Spin

Melissa Bevacqua, Ricky Garard’s girlfriend, has also weighed in on Garard’s failed drug test and four-year suspension. Bevacqua took to social media late last week and addressed the situation.

In her comments, she ultimately blames herself for not doing enough research on the supplements Garard was taking. Bevacqua says, “What we didn’t consider in this was all of Rickys supplements & I blame myself for not doing more research into this 1 particular product we were convinced was ok.”

Bevacqua continues by saying they messed up and it is something they will live with forever.

She wraps up her comments saying that we should not trust everything we have read from the CrossFit Games and on social media. She says, “Don’t believe everything you read from @crossfitgames or on social media. There are lots of lies, rumors & deception they’ll never expose publicly!”

Ricky Garard is the most humble, loyal & selfless person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I am so grateful to share a life with him, a life full of hurdles and challenges that we will face together. I will support my man to the end, as I know he would do the same for me. As many of you are aware, basically overnight our entire world has been turned upside down. For those of you that truly know Ricky will understand this was never his intention. What so many of you don’t know or see is the days, weeks, months & years Ricky has sacrificed to become the best athlete he can be. He has put in more physical work than many would ever attempt, in order to get to the top. CrossFit was Ricky’s life! We have spent the last 2 years learning how to become healthier people, eat right & use many natural health products. We put so much emphasis into our health, nutrition & physical activity to ensure we are living life to our fullest, not only for Ricky in competition, but for day to day life too. What we didn’t consider in this was all of Rickys supplements & I blame myself for not doing more research into this 1 particular product we were convinced was ok. We messed up! We made a mistake & this is something we will live with forever. We apologies to all those that have been let down & who feel hurt from all of this. We are truly sorry. Right now, times are tough, but Ricky is dealing with this really well and staying strong. We are sticking together & facing this head on. Please remember that Ricky is still the same guy you’ve always known, he’s still human & he still bleeds. You have the right to your opinion but no negativity wanted here. In times like these we also realize who those people are that will stick by us in anything. Thank you to all our friends, family & the Crossfit community who have reached out with your kind messages & support. We really appreciate it. There’s also a lot of negative talk. Don’t believe everything you read from @crossfitgames or on social media. There are lots of lies, rumors & deception they’ll never expose publicly! It hurts my heart to see this happen to the man I love, who has a bigger heart than anyone I’ve ever known.💙

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It is unclear what lies and deception she is referring to, but it is likely associated with Garard’s comment, “It’s tough to be on the receiving end when I saw a top athlete at the CrossFit Games intentionally out smarting the system, getting away with it & ruining the integrity of the sport.”

7 COMMENTS

  1. Let’s be clear. Until an independent governing body take over drug testing for which Glassman has no control things will be iffy.

  2. I feel like when you’re a top-level athlete at the CrossFit Games you should run all supplements by them. You should go to the CrossFit Games and ask them I believe this supplement is okay to take will you confirm before I start taking it? Hindsight is 20/20 but when you compete at this level you have to be careful with what you put in your body and this athlete and probably others that didn’t get caught should take extra precaution. I wonder whether this supplement did give him the edge he needed to take third place but we’ll never know.

  3. One particular product? He tested positive for testolone (SARM) and endurobol.

    Firstly don’t blame a product.

    Secondly, It’s not like saying ‘oh my creatine must have been contaminated’. They must have identified the product as one that could mirror or elicit a similar response as would be seen from a performance enhancing drug! IF the product (unknowingly) had the substances in it .. one would have to assume they were taking it for this reason.

    In the 1970’s Robert Goldman asked Olympians and elite athletes ‘whether they would take a drug that would guarantee them overwhelming success in sport, but cause them to die after five years’. Over 50% said yes.

    In recent years this percentage has come down, the reason given that there is an increased understanding of the risks of doping and the development of a clearer moral stance. However, I actually suspect that the stigma that is now associated with doping is so great that this inhibits the athlete from saying yes. Drug cheats, rightly so, are vilified by the today’s media and the athlete will reason that they can not in anyway be associated with doping even through admission under a hypothetically posed question.

    Numerous times an athlete has attempted to justify their actions by saying no one sees the ‘sacrifices’ they made to get to the top. Boo hoo. You want to get to the top that what you have to do make sacrifices! You also have to make decisions as to what you do or don’t put in your body.

    What he did was cheat. In this scenario one should be gracious about it and accept it. There are no excuses.

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