And now from the “what the heck was he thinking” side of the news, we have D.J. Cooper, a player that was hoping to make a comeback in the world of basketball, but didn’t because of a big error he made with a blood test – like, the fact it wasn’t even his.
The former AS Monaco player stepped away last year due to “family reasons.” However, in his bid to make a comeback, he ended up getting a two-year suspension from FIBA for failing to pass a drug test.
Well, maybe that was worded wrong. Actually, he ended up passing the drug test. But the problem was, the blood wasn’t actually his. And how did they know this? Because it actually noted that he was pregnant.
The test indicated that there was presence of human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG. This is a hormone that gets made by the placenta during pregnancy. (The more you know, kids.) That means the urine used for the test wasn’t his. It actually belonged to his girlfriend, who failed to tell him at the time that he was pregnant. Um, oops.
As a result, Cooper is ineligible to return to the team, mainly due to this fraud. He can’t even try to make a return until June 20, 2020.
Just a lesson out there, folks. Be careful whose urine you use.
(Kudos to Eurohoops for the details.)