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Clemson Coach Says College Accidentally Gave Players PEDs — Come On

Said Coach Swinney of the results: “They’re going to test everything and look at everything. And that’s the problem.”

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Clemson Tigers coach Dabo Swinney seems to be hinting that he thinks his own football program gave three players the PEDs they tested positive for last year. But his claims seems very hard to believe.

Swinney spoke up in defense of his three players accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs and saying that the school itself may have mistakenly given the substance to them.

Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, offensive lineman Zach Giella, and tight end Braden Galloway all failed an NCAA PED test as the players prepared for the College Football Playoff Semifinal against Notre Dame last December. All three tested positive for the banned muscle growth substance ostarine.

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The players were punished after the test results were reported, but Clemson appealed the suspensions meted out.

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“Oh yeah, I mean, there’s a chance that it could come from anything,” Swinney said of the test results. “They’re going to test everything and look at everything. And that’s the problem. As you really look at this stuff, it could be a contaminant that came from anything, that was something that was cleared and not a problem, and all of a sudden, it becomes there was something.”

Wait. How does this make any sense? If his own program was “accidentally” giving out tainted supplements, how is it that only three of the players tested positively? His claims really don’t make much sense. If the school was handing out ostarine-tainted supplements, more than just three players would have tested positive.

Clemson has not yet heard about its appeals and Swinney says that the whole situation is now out of his hands and in the hands of the school’s legal team. Clemson’s lawyers are looking into the possibility that the school gave the substance to the players, according to Swinney.

“It’s a huge undertaking, and I really have not been in that loop,” Swinney said. “I’ve gone and seen Dan maybe like a minute here and a minute there over the last several weeks. I now that they’re all working through that.”

Swinney also said that some supplements that players take might have “contaminants” in them.

“You can research articles, there are a lot of times when things are cleared and end up having a contaminant in it because of where it was processed, the factory it came from, whether there were other things there,” Swinney said. “So there’s a lot of that. There’s a case out there that there was a contaminant at a testing lab. There are lots of different things, and the legal people are involved in that.”

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Good Guy Shaquille O’Neal Sees Single Mother’s Social Media Post, Leaps into Action

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