Farewell

Feb. 28, 2012, 5:54 p.m. (ET)
You may have recently heard the news that I have been suspended for 1 year by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.  This has raised curiosity, and there are speculations of me "doping," doing steroids or drugs. Please, let me set the record straight - these rumors are false.

I have been suspended from boxing and had my Olympic spot taken from me because I failed to inform the anti-doping agency of recent travels.  Under the Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Boxing Association Anti-Doping Rules there are whereabouts requirements.  They showed up to do a drug test and I wasn't there due to recent travels for training purposes. This is purely due to my lack of actions not because I was doing drugs. This was my responsibility and I acknowledge I messed up and I am dealing with consequences of my actions. I would like for other boxers coming up to learn from my mistake and make it a priority to adhere to the protocol and rules set forth by the USADA.  This mistake has cost me dearly and I hope it will serve as a lesson to others.  

I leave the sport of amateur boxing ranked number 1, I leave the sport as a 7 time National Champion, I leave the sport as the Olympian and a captain of the US Team. I am not sure how long I will be away from the sport.  Through boxing I've met great people, traveled the world and gained many life experiences and I am thankful for all of it. I still feel accomplished because in the short time I boxed I became number 1 in the country and one of the top boxers in the world. What I have done has not been erased, just postponed, I will return.

I would like to offer a sincere apology to all of my fans, family, and supporters This is obviously not the way I expected things to go. I do not believe everything happens for a reason. I believe things happen and you have to adapt and make the best out of it.  I hope you will continue to support and love me as I continue my journey in life. I would like to thank John Ruger, Julie Goldsticker, Rob Howe, Sara Clark, Steven Hess and everyone else who tried to help me bounce back from the unfortunate situation. I would also like to thank John Brown for the opportunity he has given me to be a part of his boxing gym, company, life and family.

It is rather relieving though. For the last 4 years I have been number 1 in the country and expected to be number 1 in the world. That is quite the burden to carry with the small amount of experience I have in the sport. I feel like the weight of the world is off of my shoulders. I will also have more time on my hands to promote breast cancer awareness and raise funds. I will take all of the positive out of this situation.

I do want to wish luck to the whole qualifying team luck in Brazil! Handle business and represent the country like I would, well, maybe not entirely how i would, but do your best. Also, I do not look down upon the person who takes my spot, treat him like a human being and do not stone him. It is not his fault he isn't second place. It is my fault.
I am still Cam, I am still the same person that I was before this happened. I will use my time off to clear my head and walk down avenues boxing has opened for me. I will grind and grind until success comes. 
I will not lose my smile, confidence or sense of humor so don't worry America.

I want to take this time to thank everyone for their kind words, emails, text, voicemails, calls and in one specific case, a carrier pigeon.  Your support during this time means more to me than you will ever know.

To keep up with me, add me on Facebook "Cam Thompson" or follow me on twitter @TeamCam
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