One of the results of the widespread use of performance ehnancing drugs by professional athletes is a very strict policy with respect to substances that they are allowed to put into their bodies. The list of banned substances are absolute and it is each player’s responsibility to insure that they to not ingest ANY substance that is on the banned list.
In this case, Joselio Hanson of the Eagles has been suspended for taking diuretics. Diuretics are taken by some users of anabolic steroids to flood their system with extraneous fluids to “mask” the presence of steroids in their urine so that they stand a better chance of passing a steroid test. In this case, Mr. Hanson claims that he was taking diuretics as an anecdote to the Chinese food that “bloated” him in the hours after the meal.
Whether or not this athlete took diuretics to solve a bloating problem or to mask steroid use is really not important here. The rules are clear on this and other substances. It is not up to the authorities to understand “why” he took the diuretics. It is the athlete’s responsiblity to know not to put this or any other banned substance into his body.
Parents, your students are subject to similar risks every time they ingest a supplement that “unknowingly” contains steroids or other substances banned by the authorities.
November 11, 2009 – NBC Sports
The mystery regarding Eagles cornerback Joselio Hanson was solved fairly quickly.
He has been suspended four games for violating the league’s policy regarding anabolic steroids and related substances.
“We are disappointed,” lawyer David Cornwell said in a statement. “Joselio accepts his responsibilities as an NFL player. Nonetheless, we suspect that he is a casualty of the looming labor war in the NFL. Here’s hoping that he is the last.”
Cornwell claims that Hanson took “a pill that turned out to be a diuretic” after feeling “bloated” following a Chinese meal, prior to the NFC title game in January 2009. “The urine specimen that Joselio provided after the game tested positive for a diuretic,” Cornwell said. “Joselio did not use steroids or any other substance that would enhance his performance.”
Cornwell explains that Hanson’s internal appeal was delayed as the league and the NFLPA tried to resolve the StarCaps matter, which arose last year after multiple players took an over-the-counter supplement that had been spiked by the manufacturer with a banned diuretic.