Clemson players suspended for use of banned substance
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Clem-son tight end Braden Galloway and offensive lineman Zach Giella will miss next season after an NCAA panel rejected the school’s appeal of their drug suspension.
Clemson athletic spokesman Jeff Kallin said Friday that the school learned of the NCAA decision on Wednesday. The school issued a statement that it is disappointed in the ruling and continues “to believe our student-athletes did not knowingly ingest any banned substances.”
However, Kallin said the school doesn’t plan further action.
The positive drug tests for Galloway, Giella and ex-Clem-son defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence were announced in December while the Tigers were preparing to play Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl. They were suspended and missed the College Football Playoff games, including the national championship game when the Tigers beat Alabama 44-16.
All three players had denied knowingly taking the banned substance ostarine.
Lawrence was a junior who left early for the NFL draft and was taken 17th overall by the New York Giants. He also would’ve faced a yearlong ban had he remained with the Tigers.
The NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports upheld the suspensions.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency says ostarine is a substance that “might be effective at treating different health conditions without resulting in the negative side effects of steroids.”