Nicolas Delpopolo

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File this under busted for baked goods.

American judo team member Nick Delpopolo was expelled from the 2012 London Olympic Games Monday after failing a drug screening and testing positive for marijuana.

Delpopolo was disqualified after he placed seventh in the 73-kilogram judo competition July 30. After the event, Delpopolo provided a urine same that tested positive for pot.

The 23-year-old American apologized to organizers, fans and fellow athletes and explained that he inadvertently ate something that had been baked with cannabis:

"My positive test was caused by my inadvertent consumption of food that I did not realize had been baked with marijuana before I left for the Olympic Games," Delpopolo, 23, said in a statement released by the U.S. Olympic Committee.  

"I apologize to the U.S. Olympic Committee, to my teammates, and to my fans, and I am embarrassed by this mistake. I look forward to representing my country in the future, and will re-dedicate myself to being the best judo athlete that I can be."

The International Olympic Committee disqualified Delpopolo and ordered that he be stripped of his accreditation, also asking that the standings in his event be changed.

The United States Olympics Committee also released a statement in response to Delpopolo's expulsion:

"The USOC is absolutely committed to clean competition and stringent anti-doping penalties. Any positive test, for any banned substance, comes with the appropriate consequences and we absolutely support the disqualification. We look forward to witnessing the continued success of our athletes and commend their dedication to clean sport."

Delpopolo is the first London athlete to fail a drug test in-competition.

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