Arizona guard Allonzo Trier's absence due to positive PED test, report says
- Author: Sidney Guerrero Jan 21, 2017,
Jan 21, 2017, 0:39
Arizona Wildcats sophomore Allonzo Trier has been suspended for the first 18 games of the 2016-17 season due to a failed test for performance-enhancing drugs, multiple sources told ESPN's Jeff Goodman.
The University of Arizona has started all basketball press conferences with a "no comment" on Trier so far this season.
Trier reportedly failed a drug test in September, and the UA was notified about it in October.
Trier has been practicing and traveling with the Wildcats since winning the appeal, but the drug remained in his system at the last time of testing, according to Goodman's report.
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Essentially, this clears up the reason for Trier's absence, but his return date is still unknown as it is unclear if the drug will be out of his system entirely by season's end. After finding out that I was given a banned substance by a well-intentioned, but misguided person not associated with the University after an injury, I presented this information to the NCAA. It's unclear whether Trier will be able to return this season. Unfortunately, I am unsure of when that time will be, but I hope it is soon.
Trier averaged 14.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists for Arizona as a freshman. His optimism has subsided in recent weeks, however, and in an interview earlier this week, he said he's "ambivalent" about the situation since he has no control over it.
Then again, Trier did appeal the decision and that's where things get interesting- Trier won.
I want to thank my family, coaches, teammates, my attorney and the athletics department for their support during this hard time.