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Report: Mayes Flunks NFL Drug Test

April 11, 1998

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) _ Oklahoma State tight end Alonzo Mayes, an AP All-American, tested positive for marijuana use at the NFL scouting combine, according to a broadcast report Friday.

ESPN reported that Mayes, considered one of the best tight ends in the upcoming draft, failed a test for marijuana at the Indianapolis combine in February.

Jim Steiner, Mayes’ agent, told ESPN: ``Alonzo realizes that he has made a mistake that hopefully will not impact his draft status.

``He regrets the position he may have put himself in but is determined to overcome it,″ Steiner said. ``However, rather than being passive about the situation, he agreed to be tested since late February.″

Steiner said he plans to make results of the tests available to NFL teams before the draft that begins next Friday.

The agent also said Mayes participated in some counseling sessions that determined he does not have a drug problem.

The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Mayes played in just seven games, but led the team with 29 catches for 424 yards and seven touchdowns. He missed the final four games because of a separated shoulder.

ESPN also reported Friday that Tra Thomas, a highly regarded offensive tackle from Florida State, failed a test for marijuana before a game with Maryland last season.

Florida State suspended Thomas, whose agent could not be reached for comment, for the game for breaking unspecified team rules.

ESPN said sources said Thomas has blamed the failed drug test on second-hand smoke.

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