Dabo Swinney: Clemson May Have Accidentally Given Performance Enhancing Drug, Ostarine

February 11, 2019 - 9:59 am

Clemson football, under the leadership of head coach Dabo Swinney, has quickly become a prominent college football program. They have won 2 national championship in 3 years, including the 2018-2019 season.

In the week leading up to Clemson’s semifinal game against Notre Dame this past season, the NCAA announced that 3 Clemson players (defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, tight end Braden Galloway and offensive lineman Zach Giella) had tested positive for ostarine, a banned performance-enhancing drug (PED).

The 3 players were then suspended for both the semifinal game, as well as the National Title game against Alabama.

When the news broke, Swinney and other Clemson officials insisted that they had no idea how the players could have possibly gotten that substance in their system.

Fast forward to now. Swinney recently told The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina, that it's possible Clemson accidentally gave the players something containing ostarine. 

"Oh yeah, I mean, there's a chance that it could come from anything," Swinney responded to questions over whether or not it was possible the players were exposed to ostarine through the university. "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, that was something that was cleared and not a problem, and all of a sudden, it becomes there was something."

Clemson remains uncertain how the players tested positive for the illegal substance as they appeal the 2019 suspension of the 3 players.

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