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Athletes Receive Repercussions After Failed Drug Tests, March 2013

Kolby Copeland

Miami Marlins prospect, Kolby Copeland, has been suspended 50 games for refusing to take an offseason drug test. Copeland, who is only 19, was drafted in the 3rd round out of high school last year. Under baseball’s minor league drug program, refusal to comply with testing is considered the same as a positive result in relation to discipline. Copeland is 1 of 8 suspensions this year under the minor league program. Going into the draft, Baseball America’s scouting report noted that Copeland “sat out the first part of high school season serving a suspension stemming from an underage drinking and driving arrest.”

Asli Cakir Alptekinsteroids

London Olympic gold medalist from Turkey, Asli Cakir Alptekin, has tested positive for a banned substance. No official announcement of this has been made by either the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) or the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF). If an announcement is made, Alptekin could face a lifetime ban. In 2004, Alptekin already served a two-year ban for a precious doping offense. It’s been reported that many in the track world found her 2012 breakthrough to be suspicious. An announcement from the organization is still pending.

Lavar Johnson, Alex Caceres, Riki Fukuda

This month, three UFC fighters have failed drug tests. Lavar Johnson failed a test for testosterone. He has not yet been suspended. At a show in Tokyo, 2 more fighters tested positive for other drugs after the UFC administered a drug test to all 22 fighters. Alex Caceres tested positive for marijuana and Riki Fukuda tested positive for three banned stimulants. Caceres must attend rehabilitation classes and pass a drug test before he can fight again and is suspended for 6 months. Fukuda has been released from his UFC contract, but UFC Director described this as a coincidence and not as a result of the test.

 

These positive test results from professional athletes or refusal to participate have extreme consequences. Do you think testing is necessary to level the playing field? Do you think the consequences seem to be too little or too much?

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  1. April 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Testing is a great way to keep an even playing field. The consequences seem to be fair.

  1. January 21, 2014 at 10:14 am

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