It appears that Ohio State defensive end Noah Spence missed his team’s 2014 Orange Bowl game due to a drug suspension. According to WHTM in Harrisburg, PA, Spence tested positive for small traces of ecstasy.
Spence’s family claims that the sophomore was at a party, where he was unknowingly given a drink containing the narcotic.
Initially, Spence was to be suspended for a full season, as the Big Ten considers ecstasy a performance-enhancing drug. However, the family placed an appeal and had the suspension knocked down on the grounds of the NCAA’s classification as only a street drug.
WHTM also reports that the Spences filed to have all suspensions lifted, but were denied in a second appeal. Spence will sit out the first two games of the 2014 season. The family now plans to file suit against the Big Ten.
Chalk this one up to a student athlete making a bad decision. As Jameis Winston, Johnny Manziel and a host of other star players have shown, nobody is immune. People build you up and then tear you down. Besides, it’s a college party, if you don’t get your own drink, expect people to screw with you.
As for the family, filing suit against the conference seems like an unnecessary clog of the legal system. Just because the Big Ten is foolish enough to think ecstasy is a performance-enhancing drug, that’s no reason to sue. The kid put himself in a compromising position and is now paying the consequences.
And since I’m on a roll: come on Big Ten. I’m sure you have at least one person amongst the Legends and Leaders to inform you that ecstasy isn’t performance enhancing. Maybe for the band, but not for football players. If anything, it’ll lead to more illegal touching penalties – certainly a detriment.
[Unknowing hat tip to SB Nation]