Top Rugby Player Slipper Tested Positive In Drug tests

Wallabies and Queensland Reds player James Slipper has got a suspension order from Rugby Australia for two months after testing positive for cocaine twice according to a spokesperson of the association. said on Thursday. The 28-year-old failed drug tests twice consecutively in February and May this year and said he had been suffering from depression and wellness issues for a year He apologized for his actions -and did not want his personal circumstances as an excuse of his actions. After a hearing last week, Slipper was awarded a maximum the maximum punishment and fined $ 275000 by the governing body.RA chief executive Raelene Castle expressed his disappointment on the issue and said that it was unbelievable that Slipper would repeat his actions again after being caught red-handed in February. He added that he would talk to James personally if required he was one of the most senior international players of the country who had a very good track record.

Slipper, who made his international debut in 2010, has appeared in 86 matches for Australia and played more than
100 Super Rugby games for the Reds. He was dropped from the Reds Squid that was defeated by the Wellington Hurricanes last week, The team management told the media that James was unwell Slipper was the second among the Wallabies and Reds player to face a ban of RA for failing to clear drug test in the past six months. Utility back Karmichael Hunt was asked to hang up his boots by RA for four games earlier this year after he admitted to using a tablet of Xanax. before playing for his club. Hunt, who was also banned for six weeks in 2015 after tested positive for possessing drugs has guilty to cocaine possession has not been allowed to return to his club according to a spokesperson of the club. The club management, however, decided to be a bit lenient in the case of Slipper by giving him a suspension order for just two months because of his troubled personal life.

by TNBC Staff Reporter on May 25, 2018

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