Makes No Sense...

Posted by Alex W.C. on 10:37 AM
By now many of you have heard the news - Diana Taurasi tests positive for a "banned substance" by a Turkish lab and has been suspended by the Turkish league.

What exactly was the "banned substance" in question? Well, Forbes Magazine (Forbes, really?) reported that the Turkish Basketball Federation claims the tests were positive for Modafinil, a prescription medication (known as Provigil) used to counter excessive sleepiness due to narcolepsy, shift work sleep disorder or sleep apnea. However, neither Fenerbahce nor Taurasi's lawyer would validate that claim.

I, however, am more concerned about how this has been handled. 1.) Labs who conduct these kinds of drug screenings have to follow strict guidelines about reporting results - this lab obviously didn't. 2.) The lab in question, that tested Taurasi's sample, also has a questionable history - yet the only Ben York has had the good sense to report it. Other media outlets have not mentioned it, but they did mention 3.) Taurasi's DUI history - something that has absolutely no relation to the situation Taurasi is going though. Bottom line - No matter what the outcome, Taurasi does not deserve to be treated like this.

Too many things just don't make sense. One fact in particular; as Ben and Taurasi's lawyer have pointed out, Taurasi has undergone screenings like this for the NCAA, WNBA, and the Olympic team and has NEVER, I repeat, NEVER failed or even been suspected of using any kind of banned substance.

Why now? It just doesn't make sense.

My concern? That Taurasi has a legitimate medical condition that she did not want made public. Sleep disorders are no joke as I have several friends who suffer from them. It makes sense to me why she would take it - playing year round, and the constant travel - it has to take it's toll on your sleep patterns. No, I have no way to validate this, just a concern.

Again, I am not a doctor, and it has not been confirmed what was found in the screening. Persoanlly, I'm pullin' for Diana. Yeah, if what I think turns out not to be true, I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

Ben York's article (Click here)
Forbes Magazine article (Click here)


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