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Josh Evans Prepares for Hearing

May 9, 2000

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Josh Evans, who is fighting a season suspension for failing his third NFL drug test, maintains he is innocent.

``A lot of people out there are thinking I’m on cocaine and heroine and stuff like that, and I’ve never done drugs like that,″ he told The Tennessean of Nashville.

He maintains his positive drug test in March was the result of prescribed medication _ in particular diet pills and supplements _ and he is appealing to the league to lift his suspension.

``Going against the NFL is like going against the government. It’s hard,″ he said Monday. ``But I at least want to be heard.″

A hearing is set for May 31. If Evans’ appeal is unsuccessful, the league will ban him from playing this season, the penalty for failing a drug test a third time.

Evans missed the first four games of the 1999 season for violating the league’s drug-abuse policy. Like the drug test in March, the league did not disclose what drug was found in Evans’ system.

After his four-game suspension, Evans admitted he had made a mistake and called his addiction a disease. He has since said he has conquered his addiction.

After returning to the team in October, he helped the Titans to the Super Bowl.

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