Last week we reported that CrossFit HQ suspended Natalie Newhart for failing a drug test and coming up positive for steroid use. Well, last night Natalie posted a public apology on her Instagram account and owned up to her choices…
She didn’t specifically say what her “new sport”, but she’s still on the roster for the NPGL’s Boston Iron, so maybe she’s referring to Grid?
“To my friends, family, gym, coaches, sponsors and the CF community … From the bottom of my heart, I apologize to each and every one of you for the poor choice I’ve made. I screwed up and I am sorry.
Never in a million years did I think I’d be one to fall on that path, facing the consequences I am now, including writing this embarrassing apology. Although there’s no excuse or reason to justify what I did, those of you that know me know how hard I’ve worked and, despite my relentless effort, I’ve had one hell of a battle trying to get my strength where it needed to be to achieve my dreams. I tried everything, including different coaches, nutrition programs, moving to sea level, and training at the worlds strongest gym for several months, but nothing worked. I got to a point where I had two choices 1) quit and give up on my dreams or 2) break a rule.
Regardless of why I did it, I regret making that decision and I’ve learned my lesson. I know that there’s nothing I can say or do that will make this all go away but I want you all to know that I’m very sorry and hope that one day you can forgive me. I will continue coaching and training because it’s what I love, and I’ll continue my journey to podium, this time in another sport. Thank you for all your support over the years!” – Natalie Newhart