By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to Clemson Tigers head football coach Dabo Swinney, there is a chance that the school made have given players an illegal substance. This may have led to three players testing positive for a banned substance before the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29.
Dexter Lawrence, Braden Galloway, and Zach Giella tested positive for an illegal performance-enhancing substance Ostarine. This caused the three players to be suspended for both the Cotton Bowl and the College Football Playoff National Championship.
“Oh year, I mean, there’s a chance that it could come from anything,” Swinney said, according to The Post and Courier, when he was asked if the players could have potentially ingested the drug from a Clemson-issued supplement. “They’re going to test everything and look at everything. And that’s the problem. As you really look at this stuff, it could be a contaminant that came from anything, and that was something that was cleared and not a problem, and all of a sudden, it becomes there was something.”
The school has not said exactly what supplements the players may have taken. The players were given supplements throughout the season.
All three players were also suspended for the 2019 season. However, Lawrence has elected to pursue a professional career in the NFL, as he entered the 2019 NFL Draft.
“You can research articles, there are a lot of times when things are cleared and end up having a contaminant in it because of where it was processed, the factory it came from, where there were other things there,” Swinney said. “So there’s a lot of that. There’s a case out there that there was a contaminant at a testing lab. There are lots of different things and the legal people are involved in that.”
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