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.💙
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.”