Three Clemson players, including the launch of a defensive Dexter Lawrence counterattack, will remain suspended for the National Football Football Playoff game after additional samples of a failed anti-doping test have returned positive results for a banned muscle growth supplement.
Lawrence, junior, and reserve to Zach Giella and Braden Galloway to sit down at the Cotton Bowl, while those additional tests, used to eliminate false positive results, were pending. The N. 2 Tigers beat No. 3 Notre Dame, 30-3, and will play Alabama in first place on January 7, for the national title.
Clemson Athletic Director Dan Radakovich said Thursday that the NCAA has confirmed the suspension of players, but will allow players to travel with the rest of the team in Santa Clara, California, for the national championship game. These bans could last up to a year, but Lawrence will probably enter the NFL draft. It is widely projected to be a first-round choice.
Lawrence told reporters that Thursday did not know how the forbidden substance, the ostarina, entered her body and said she never took drugs to improve performance.
"We test ourselves regularly and know that we are not doing anything stupid or selfish in this way," he said (via ESPN). "That's why this is such a shock."
"I did not want my last game to be Pitt [in the ACC championship], "He added." I wanted my last game to be the closest one. This is what we were fighting for every game. I would not like this to anyone. "
Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said the team is investigating how the hostess got in touch with the three players. The substance is not approved by the FDA, but has reportedly been included in health supplements without being listed on the label. Swinney also said that the team is also examining other sources, including the team's saltwater float pool.
"This particular substance can come from anything," Swinney said last week when the results of the initial test were released (via ESPN). "And these three players have no idea – in fact, they thought it was a joke when I called them in. They have no idea how this was achieved in their system.
"It could come from hair products, it could come from a cream, it could come from protein, it could come from a product that orders or purchases online that you think there's nothing wrong with it … It could be anything. drink – something in a drink. "
Alabama will also miss three players for the title game, including the start of the offensive guard Deonte Brown and two backups, Elliot Baker and Kendrick James. Nick Saban, Crimson Tide coach, suspended the three ahead of the Orange Bowl against No. 4 of Oklahoma for what he initially called "a violation of the team's rules and policies".
Saban later said that the suspensions were due to violations of the NCAA rules and that all three players were out for the national title and "maybe over".
"Those things [the NCAA violations] bring some consequences, "Saban said (via AL.com)." And those players knew the situation. They made wrong choices and decisions ".
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