Monday, 29 March 2010

Cheshire's Simpson set for lengthy ban after second drug positive

Cheshire Jets guard John Simpson is set to receive an extended ban from the sport after testing positive for marijuana, following a random test. The results were discussed at a UK Anti-Doping tribunal where the punishment was imposed. It is understood there will be no appeal against the findings.

It is the second time Simpson has failed a drugs test in his career. During the 2004-5 season, the Wirral-born player tested positive for cannabis use and served a three-month ban, according to official records.

The 29-year-old, who is likely to be handed a suspension of up to two years for a repeat offence, has had his contract with the Jets terminated with immediate effect.

"John has let himself and the club down and I know he regrets what he did,” Cheshire director Peter Hawkins said. “As a club we always strive to set the highest standards of behaviour and therefore had no hesitation in terminating John’s contract.”

The BBL, which has no involvement in the testing procedure, declined to comment and did not confirm the length of Simpson's ban.

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