Gold Coast forward Brayden Crossley is facing a four-year suspension from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) after he tested positive to cocaine prior to a NEAFL game.
ASADA considers cocaine to be a performance-enhancing substance when detected during the season, with Crossley provisionally suspended until the ASADA case takes place.
Crossley, who is only 19, will “vigorously defend himself” according to The Courier-Mail.
The test occurred in May of this year. Crossley played ten games for Gold Coast last season after being taken with the 52nd pick of the 2017 draft. He has not played in the AFL this season.
The Suns issued the following statement via their website.
“We have been notified that Brayden Crossley has received notification of an adverse analytical finding from a recent test by ASADA under the Australian Football Anti-Doping Code.
“The club supports the role of ASADA and will fully cooperate during this process.
“We are continuing to provide Brayden with wellbeing support and want to stress that it would be inappropriate to pre-empt the outcome of the matter at this time.
“Brayden has sought independent legal advice to assist him going forward.
“The club’s public commentary on this issue is governed by strict protocols, and as such under the Australian Football Anti-Doping Code we are unable to provide any further commentary whilst the process unfolds.”