Basketball player banned after urine test says he's pregnant
A basketball player trying to fool a urine drug test learned two valuable lessons recently.
One: don't do that. And two: his girlfriend was pregnant.
Donnell "D.J." Cooper Jr. played for Ohio University and was named the MAC Player of the Year in 2013. But when the NBA failed to draft him, he traveled overseas to embark on a pro career.
According to the Slovenian website RTV, Cooper tried to avoid a urine test for illegal substances by submitting someone else's in his place: namely, his girlfriend's. But his ploy backfired when testers found high levels of the hormone chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in his sample.
The problem: that hormone's only found in women, and then only when they're pregnant. Which is how Cooper learned his girlfriend, from whom he'd taken the sample, was expecting. It's also apparently how she learned she was expecting, too.
FIBA suspended Cooper through June of next year for submitting a fraudulent urine sample.