A basketball player was recently suspended by FIBA, the world’s governing body for basketball, until June 2020 for attempting to cheat a drug test, according to RTV, a media company in Slovenia.
So, how did FIBA come to learn that D.J. Cooper, a former Ohio University guard who was a part of the school’s Sweet 16 team in 2012, cheated the test?
He tested positive for pregnancy.
As it turns out, Cooper submitted a urine sample for the drug test that belonged to his pregnant girlfriend.
Cooper ended up testing positive for human growth hormone, which is produced by the placenta after impregnation.
To rewind, after finishing out his time at Ohio University in 2013, Cooper started a career in Europe, eventually being granted citizenship in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2014.
Because of that, Cooper became a member of the Bosnia-Herzegovina national team and was in the process of maintaining his eligibility to that squad when he submitted the (allegedly) fraudulent drug test.