Professional boxer Lauryn Eagle is adamant her alleged positive drug test was the result of prescription medicine – and not illicit drugs.
The 29-year-old – who is also a former world champion water skier – said the press coverage her test had received was “heart-breaking” during an interview on the Nine Network’s Today Show on Friday.
Eagle, who won the Australian super-featherweight boxing title last year, allegedly failed a random test in the Sydney suburb of Peakhurst on Wednesday.
Speaking from Hollywood, a visibly upset Eagle was on the brink of tears as she told Today the positive result was caused by various prescription medications.
“I have been diagnosed for a couple of years now with narcolepsy, depression, and also ADHD,” Eagle explained.
The boxer, who now owns her own gym in Sydney, said was taken back to the police station for another test, which was subsequently sent to a laboratory for analysis.
“I don’t get charged until the results come back from the laboratory with all the doctors reports and prescription medication that will be released,” she explained.
“Just the allegations of my name being on illicit drugs, as you can imagine in the industry I’m in, it’s heartbreaking.
“You’re playing with someone’s soul. It’s heartbreaking for me and my family,” she added.
Eagle’s lawyer, Adam Houda, told The Daily Telegraph suggestions the boxer had taken illicit drugs were “cruel and unfair”.
Results of the secondary test are expected to be known in a few weeks’ time.
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) July 13, 2017