Thursday, 15 July 2010

James Hamilton hit with drug ban, will retire, Cheshire confirm

Cheshire Jets veteran forward James Hamilton has failed a drugs test and been issued with a four-month ban by UK Anti-Doping officials.

The American-born All-Star was found to have traces of cannabis in his system after a routine test earlier this year.

Hamilton, who will serve his suspension during the off-season, is the second Jets player to test positive for drugs on December 12 following a BBL game against Essex Pirates. John Simpson is currently in the early stages of a lengthy ban for a second doping offence, also for cannabis.

And Peter Hawkins, Jets Director, confirmed that the club’s former assistant coach will not be offered a new deal for next season and will now retire.

‘We were disappointed to learn of the outcome of James’s hearing,” said Hawkins. “It brings to an end an illustrious career both on and off the court for James with the Jets and is a really sad situation for all concerned.

“We understand that James has decided to retire from the sport. As a club we continue to strive to set the highest standards.”

In an interview with the Chester Chronicle, Hamilton, 38, claimed he took the drug at the funeral of a friend’s father, when an acquaintance offered it to him to help relieve pain caused by a broken tooth.


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