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WWE: Benoit Passed Our Test

7/17/2007 3:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chris Benoit, WWEThe WWE has issued the following statement concerning the toxicology results in the Chris Benoit case:

WWE understands that the toxicology reports for Chris Benoit indicate that he tested positive for testosterone and negative for anabolic steroids. On Mr. Benoit's last drug test in April 2007 administered by Aegis Labs, he tested negative for anabolic steroids and for testosterone. Given the toxicology report of GBI released today, it would appear that Mr. Benoit took testosterone sometime after his April 2007 test and the time he died. WWE understands that his dealings with Dr. Astin are currently being investigated, and WWE has no knowledge of whether Dr. Astin prescribed testosterone for Mr. Benoit at some point after the April 2007 tests.

For over 20 years, the WWE has been demonstrating our concern for the well being of our contracted athletes, instituting drug testing in 1987 leading up to our current Wellness Program which began on February 27, 2006, administered by Dr. David L. Black of Aegis Sciences Corporation - one of the world's foremost drug testing authorities.

We believe our Wellness Program is at the very least comparable to those of professional sports and is a program that will benefit WWE Superstars for generations to come.

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chillout music girl    

Someone is really trying to cover their asses at TMZ on this story..
mmm... makes me wonder what's really going on behind the scene at TMZ..
This story is sad and tragic...

2603 days ago
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Tootsie    

ANiMALISTIC MONSTER!! the REAL face of a KILLER

2603 days ago
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Holly    

LOL TYPO

"Given the toxicology report of GBI released today, it would appear that Mr. Benoit took testosterone sometime after his April 2007 test and the time he died."

Wait, he took it after he died too? lol

i'm sure they meant "between" and not "after"

2603 days ago
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ch    

way to back track....there will be no wwe soon.

2603 days ago
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TJ    

Interesting how they specifically said 'contracted athletes' in this release, to me this is the WWE's attempt to distance themselves from liability, by making a public 'record' announcement, that these wrestlers aren't in fact employee's of the company. Ironicaly, the press release (because of that comment) actually makes me raise an eyebrow and wonder what else are they trying to hide and cleverly trying to manipulate the public with?

2603 days ago
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madeline    

I support the WWE! They entertain millions and provide a lot for their contracted athletes. An individuals choice to kill their family is not their fault. And quite blaming steroids for this terrible tragedy.

2603 days ago
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debra    

number you are right to support the wwe. but supporting the wwe is not the most popular thing to do these days so don't brag about it

2603 days ago
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WWE WTF?    

"...For over 20 years, the WWE has been demonstrating our concern for the well being of our contracted athletes..."

That is what we in the real world call a "lie".

2603 days ago
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Melissa    

First report said steroids, second report said no steroids, make up your damn minds, either he had it or he didn't..you cant have both...

2603 days ago
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give the dog a bone    

Blah, Blah, Blah...we're concerned...Blah, Blah, Blah...three are dead...Blah, Blah, Blah....let's all cover our asses. Nice try!!!!

2603 days ago
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nancy    

The medical examiner clearly stated that there was no evidence of anabolic steroids found. He only stated that there was an elevated testosterone level, which meant that testosterone NOT anabolic steroids had been injected sometime within the last month. the facts should be reported accurately if only for the simple fact that there is already so much speculation and corspiracy theories abound. Clearly the WWE is not responsible for what Chris Benoit did, however they are responsible as the powerhouse and face of wrestling entertainment to try and find a solution to the epidemic of deaths among young athletes who have given much more of themselves to wrestling than the owners of these organizations ever did. When 104 people under the age of 40 die in one single entertainment genre over the past ten years - a tremendous problem is clearly visible and should draw the attention of congress and at the least the heads of these wresling organizations to find a way to try and save these people who give up their personal lives to make these people millions.

2603 days ago
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SUSIE    

I don't understand why the WWE would be at fault here. These guys are grown men. No one makes them take steriods. It's there choice.

2603 days ago
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jeff    

Who believes a word that comes out of the WWEs collective mouths? They're liars, criminals, racists, mysogynists, and hateful human beings. As far as I'm concerned, they should all go kill themselves, especially the McMahon family.

2603 days ago
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Deport All Illegals    

If the WWE is so on the up and up and soooo very concerned about the safety of its wrestlers, then how about a union? EVERY other sport has one that protects its athletes but not the WWE. Vince McMahon makes millions upon millions of dollars and you can bet your pretty butts his family is well taken care of. Why not force him to take care of the athletes that work so hard night after night that in a very significant part contributes to his wealth. Our government will have Senate meetings about steroid use in baseball but virtually ignores the over 50 professional wrestlers that have died of drug overdose and/or suicide. Something is wrong with that picture. Vince McMahon needs to be held responsible.

2603 days ago
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wrestlingfan    

but if he had taken anabolic steroids even a few days leading up to the murders/suicide they could've already been out of his system so he still could've been taking them. why else would they have been in his house? I believe I heard the medical examiner say that half of the steroids that are injected in your system are flushed out within 24 hours and the rest could be out within 2 days. (someone correct me if i am wrong)

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