Aussie Shayna Jack Taps Into ‘Cocaine Kiss’ Defense For Positive Test

It’s been almost 6 months since Aussie sprint star Shayna Jack revealed her positive test for banned substance Ligandrol. The test results forced her to shockingly withdraw from this year’s World Championships before later revealing the positive result was the reason for her removal from the Dolphins’ roster.

The 21-year-old is currently suspended from competition pending the outcome of her case, although a finalized hearing isn’t expected for another 6-7 months. 

At the end of this post, you can refresh yourself on the overall timeline that has unfolded with Jack’s case thus far.

Jack could be facing up to a maximum 4-year ban unless she can prove some degree of unintentional ingestion in the eyes of the Australian Sport Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), the sanctioning body. Successfully doing so could reduce the maximum ban down to 2 years.

Jack has maintained her innocence since her positive test results were brought to light, stating in August of this year that, “I’m not going to stop until I prove my innocence. I’ll fight to get myself back into the pool because that’s my dream.”

In a recent interview with The Sunday Project, the St. Peters Western athlete said, “I had a lot of people come forward and tell me that they take this drug. Just general people who go to the gym. Some people were using it as recovery … they took it as a drop.”

Jack maintains that “I actually hadn’t taken supplements in two months prior to that test.”

She stated, however, that it’s possible she could have come into contact with Ligandrol ‘through another person.’

Enter the ‘cocaine kiss’ defense.

Jack told The Sunday Project, “There was a case in the past called the ‘kiss cocaine case’ where someone had taken cocaine and then the partner, who was an athlete, kissed that person and they were contaminated because they had contact with something someone else had taken.

“I was told that anything I had come in contact with during that period could have been a risk of the contamination.”

The case to which Jack is referring involved Canadian pole vaulter Shawn Barber back in 2016. Barber was facing a 2-year suspension for having tested positive for cocaine but was able to prove he had come into contact with the substance via kissing a cocaine user. He met the woman online.

Watch the Full Interview Here:

Per The Independent at the time, ‘the woman involved in the encounter said she had consumed cocaine but did not inform Barber she had taken the drug before going on to repeatedly kiss him.’

An independent arbitrator ruled there had been ‘no fault or negligence by Barber.’

Shayna Jack Timeline:

  • June 26th – Date of the doping test.
  • July 14th – Via her personal Instagram account, Jack announces her shock withdrawal from the World Championships, despite having traveled and practicing with the Aussie squad at their staging camp.
  • July 27th – Again via her personal Instagram account, Jack, reveals her positive doing test, but does not explain the substance involved, nor the fact that both the A and B samples were positive.
  • July 27th – Swimming Australia releases an official comment on Jack, but does not disclose the substance involved. CEO Leigh Russell stated,  “under the specific legislation governing Australia‘s drug-testing regime, Swimming Australia is notified of any adverse test result as is WADA and FINA. Under the process, all details are required to remain confidential until ASADA has completed its investigations, the athlete is afforded due process and an outcome determined.”
  • July 28th – Jack announces via Instagram that she tested positive for Ligandrol. Also known as selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) LGD-4033, was originally developed for the treatment of muscle wasting conditions such as aging, osteoporosis, muscular dystrophy and cancer, is promoted as a selective non-steroidal anabolic agent. (Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority).
  • July 28th – Former ASADA head Richard Ings questions the handling of informing the public by Swimming Australia, saying “If Swimming Australia is suggesting that their anti-doping policy, approved by ASADA, forbids them from announcing the Jack provisional suspension, they are wrong.”
    • Aussie Head Coach Jacco Verhaeren also speaks, saying, “We are not trying to cover anything up. We don’t play a game. She’s [Jack] not here [in Gwangju] and it shows that the Australian system works.”
  • July 29th – Jack suspended from ISL pending outcome of anti-doping proceedings.
  • August 2nd – Jack, along with her lawyer and mother, attends an over-four meet with ASADA. At a press conference immediately after the meeting, Jack says ‘Swimming Australia has been nothing but supportive’ and that she and SA are ‘a unit’.
    • Jack’s lawyer stated that they would be receiving a letter from ASADA in the next 4-6 weeks, but he and the rest of Jack’s team will ‘leave no stone unturned’ in its investigation of what led to Jack’s positive test.
  • September 2019 – Jack says she will not have a formalized hearing for potentially as long as 9 months.

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2 years ago

funny how with shayna jack people are right away insulting her and being cruel to her, but if it’s a male athlete people will be sympathetic…

2 years ago

In that case, will Mr. Ligandrol the kisser please step forward please…

2 years ago

For those looking for a quick definition of “cocaine kiss”, I warn you… do NOT use urban dictionary.

Reply to  leisurely1:29
2 years ago

Not gonna lie, that’s exactly what I’m doing now

Reply to  leisurely1:29
2 years ago

Compared to other things it’s even somewhat wholesome

2 years ago

What’s the sensitivity of this test? One part per billion? If ridiculously small amounts are being found, then how can the testers distinguish between recent incidental consumption and distant chronic intensional use? Void these ambiguous tests.

Carlos Torres
2 years ago

Any info on when she was last tested before this failed test? Had she, by chance, passed a drug tests in the weeks prior? Or months prior like during a mid year test? Because I think if she had recently passed a test it would support that she likely was clean because no sane athlete would use a drug like that, designed for recovery and muscle building, right before a huge meet. It would be used during heavy training right?

2 years ago

People commenting need to watch the interview. .
She mentions the ‘Cocaine Kiss’ case as an example of how someone could come into contact with banned substance, NOT that it had happened to her. She is in a long term Relationship with another Australian athlete (Field Hockey) who i hardly believe would bumping lines off hookers on a night out. Shayna shouldn’t have took part in the interview as people will pick and choose what they wish to believe. I, myself will save judgement until i hear evidence for and AGAINST

Reply to  SwimPecker
2 years ago

Well said Swimpecker

Reply to  SwimPecker
2 years ago

Thanks for the link!

Reply to  SwimPecker
2 years ago

Shayna would have been paid for the interview. Might be her last payday if this hearing goes poorly.

Becky D
2 years ago

There ya go folks. Always wipe down the machines at the gym, or you’ll be lying in a puddle of ligandrol sweat.

2 years ago

I know a lot of lads who take ligandrol – They think it’a all good because “it’s only a SARM” and it has spread like wildfire here in UK gyms. However, I don’t know a single guy who doesn’t consume it in food, rather than in a drink, to avoid the dicky stomach side effects, so I’m really not seeing how kiss contamination can occur.

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