We reported on UFC Heavyweight Alistair Overeem's claims before the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) that he had been unknowingly injected with testosterone by a Dr. Hector Molina and that's why he failed a pre-fight urine test and was suspended rather than fighting for the title at UFC 146.
Turns out that the said Dr. Molina is a licensed ringside doctor in the state of Texas. Not only that but he's a man who's had significant legal troubles regarding his medical practice. It took awhile, but the Texas press has finally begun to pay attention to the extremely lax reputation of the state Department of Licensing and Regulation which oversees boxing and MMA.
The Austin American-Statesman devoted a major feature to Dr. Molina, Overeem and the Dept. of Licensing & Regulation. Here's a taste:
A spokeswoman for the Texas licensing agency said it had no plans to review Molina's role in the Overeem case, nor did its rules address how to discipline a doctor. That a physician can admit to culpability in a Nevada doping incident yet continue to represent the agency responsible for regulating the same sports here raises questions about Texas' oversight of combative sports, which has suffered a reputation of being permissive and ineffectual.
Under questioning from Nevada commissioners, Molina, who has twice been disciplined by the Texas Medical Board, for improperly prescribing drugs and a liposuction surgery gone bad, also agreed that he ignored common medical protocols by not telling Overeem what was in the drug mixture he injected.
In an ordinary state, a highly critical expose of what is, by any definition, remarkable malfeasance by a licensed physician of a regulatory body would likely result in some governmental action. However this is Texas so don't be shocked when nothing is done.
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