Florida QB Suspended For Failed Drug Test

The Florida Gators have suffered a major blow to the team's season as starting star quarterback, Will Grier, has been suspended for a year for failing a drug test. The freshman's suspension shocks the college football community as Grier claims it was just an over-the-counter supplement.
Nina Fenton
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Will Grier, Florida Gators starting quaterback, has officially been suspended as a result of failing a drug test conducted by the University of Florida. Grier’s suspension was announced at a press conference on Monday by the Gators own, Coach Jim McElwain.

The news comes on the heels of the quarterback’s failed urine drug test which presented as positive for a substance that is in violation of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) policy regarding performance enhancing drugs. The substances in question have yet to be announced but are said to have come from an over-the-counter supplement of some sort.

“Will Grier won’t play this week and obviously in the near future due to taking a supplement, an over-the-counter supplement that had something in it that was on the N.C.A.A. List of things that you can’t have. Again, it’s something that he feels horrible about. It’s an honest mistake and yet can be prevented by just checking with our medical staff”
– University of Florida Coach Jim McElwain.

A Career on Hold

The young college freshman has taken college football by storm with his strength, accuracy, endurance and passing prowess, a loss that will likely be felt heavily by his remaining team members. Grier is facing a year long suspension, which has the potential to make or break his football career as it will prevent him from returning to the field until the seventh game of the 2016 season. The University of Florida intends to appeals his suspension, but he will have to remain off the field except during practice until a final decision is made.

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At the Monday afternoon press conference, a visibly upset Grier said “I took an over the counter supplement that had something in it, and I did not check with the medical staff before taking it. I really hope that people can learn from this, learn from my mistake, and I’m really sorry to everyone. I’m just really sorry.”

Coach McElwain continued, “I think that’s part of growing up in life. I look at each case as an individual thing. In this case, there’s a chance for other people out there to learn and that’s a good thing. We’re not happy it happened. We’re not condoning it. But each one of us in this room have probably done something along the way and that’s part of growing up. That’s part of life.”

Grier has a strong support system behind him according to Coach McElwain. “Here’s the good thing: We’re here for him. This family’s here for him. This university’s here for him, and our guys are going to support him.”

An “Avoidable Mistake”

Coach McElwain calls Grier’s positive drug test results an “avoidable mistake” that could have been prevented had he communicated with the team’s medical staff prior to taking the supplements. Hopefully other team members will use his error as a cautionary tale and check-in with one of Health Street’s urine drug tests.

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