LSU Football Players Suspended For Positive Drug Test

Three football players for Louisiana State University have been suspended for the next game, possibly even longer. Positive drug tests revealed that running back Spencer Ware and corner backs Tyrann Mathieu and Tharold Simon used synthetic marijuana.

This synthetic marijuana also known as K2, Spice, and Black Mamba has been the rise for the past few years. Due to the absence of THC, the authorities and drug testing companies are busy advancing drug testing methods in order to keep up with the trends.

K2 can be bought legally at most smoke shops, although some states (including Louisiana) have banned it all together.

It is an herbal blend sold as incense, but is sprayed with synthetic compounds. It is marketed as a way of getting high, but in cases of abuse people have been hospitalized, suffered intense hallucinations, seizures, increased heart rates and even death. Although it is a synthetic drug, it has been said that the effects can be 10 times more intense than marijuana. It is usually packaged in 3-gram zip lock baggies and comes in different flavors.

Les Miles who is LSU’s athletic department head and coach has not released a statement on this and has referred to the drug testing results as an internal situation. He was quoted in the New Orleans Times Picayune as saying “I’m not inclined to be forthcoming in information. I’m not reactionary to the needs of media and things external to this building. There’s a process I go through, and it’s not going to be shortcutted for the need to communicate. When there’s information that I can share, I will. I’m doing this for the best of our football team, to maintain a deportment and procedure that I’m true to and a process I’m comfortable with.”

K2 is on the National College Athletic Associations list of banned substances. Regardless if the drug is banned in different states or not, players will still face suspension if a positive drug test is produced for it.







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