Lonny Jordan tests positive
by Aitor Tilla
In one of World Basketball Asotiation’s most startling performance-enhancing drug busts in its 18 years history, Albacete Burning Hell small forward Lonny Jordan was suspended for 54 games for violating the game’s drug policy, taking down one of the game’s most talented players and a likely future Hall of Famer.
WBA announced that Jordan tested positive after preseason for Furosemide, a diuretic. Diuretics are banned by every major sports organizations and can be abused by athletes to mask the presence of other banned substances, or to excrete water for weight loss.
Jordan and his representatives, however, insist that he took Furosemide as prescribed by a doctor in Jamaica for a medical condition; they insist it was not a performance-enhancing drug.
WBA and the players’ association’s joint drug agreement stipulates that the “presence of a Diuretic or Masking Agent in a Player’s urine specimen shall be treated as a positive test result if the independent administrator determines that the Player intended to avoid detection of his use of another Prohibited Substance.”
Jordan offered an alternate explanation. “Recently I learned that I tested positive for a substance called Furosemide, which is not a Performance Enhancing Substance,’’ Jordan said in a statement issued by the WBA Players Association. “Furosemide is used to treat various medical conditions in the United States and arond the World. This substance was given to me by a licensed doctor in Jamaica to treat a medical ailment. While I did not realize at the time that I was given a medication that was banned, I obviously now wish that I had been more careful.
“For my whole life, playing professional basketball has been the greatest honor and privilege of my life. I would never do anything to cheat the rules of the game that I love, and after undergoing dozens of drug tests over more than a decade in high school, college and as a pro, I have never tested positive for a Performance Enhancing Substance for the simple reason that I have never taken one.
“Today I decided to accept WBA’s suspension. This was the most difficult decision I have ever made in my life, but ultimately the right decision given that I do not dispute that I was given this substance. I apologize to my family, friends, fans, teammates and the Burning Hell organization. I am extremely grateful for the support I have received during this process, and I look forward to rejoining my teammates next season.’
Jordan, 21, is in the third year of his rookie contract with Albacete Burning Hell. Jordan’s suspension will cost him nearly $5 million in salary, along with an immeasurable hit to his athletic resume.
A two-time All-Star, Jordan has averaged 18.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in his 184 games with Albacete. Known for his Athletic ability and all around game, Jordan is expected to dominate the league someday playing any position in the floor. In his second season in the league he was an all star and selected for the second allWBA team averaging 21,5 points, 7,5 rebounds and 4,3 assists per game.
Now, he becomes the most important player to be ever suspended for a PED violation in the WBA .
Jordan’s Burning Hell stands with a record of 13-11 leading the Euro Division. How this event will affect Albacete season has analyst divided. Some believe that Jordan is a huge talent, but he still has to learn the fundamentals to translate all that talent to the wins column and that Albacete will be a lot more balanced now. Jordan will be eligible to return to the roster once this season comes to an end.