When NBA star Donell Cooper took a routine drug test, we doubt anyone was expecting it’d come back positive for pregnancy- but that’s exactly what happened!
Donell, who originally hails from Chicago, is famous for playing basketball professionally in both Greece and France, having most recently starred for AS Monaco. He originally got his start playing for Ohio University, in which he averaged 14.5 points, 6.5 assists, and 4.3 rebounds. The 28-year old took his career to Europe several years ago after he remained undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft season.
However, the athletes’ career was put on an indefinite hold last year when it was announced he’d left the sport for ‘family reasons.’
“At the moment, my mind and concentration are not on basketball and I don’t want to be a source of disruption for the team,” he said at the time. “This team that I love, this team that represents the extraordinary Principality of Monaco that gave me unique life experience.”
But now, a year later, it’s been revealed exactly what led up to his departure. Evidently, Donell failed a routine drug test while in the process of signing on to play for the Bosnian national team. Though his test didn’t test positive for drugs or steroids, it did test positive for something else- pregnancy.
According to News Hub, chorionic gonadotropin- also called hCG- was discovered in Donell’s test. This hormone is only produced during pregnancy, so it was clear that Donell hadn’t used his own urine for the test.
The site goes on to explain that the athletes had actually used urine from his partner, who didn’t know she was pregnant at the time. Donell likely had drugs in his system that he knew would be detected if he took the test himself, thus explaining why he attempted to deceive it.
As of now, Donell won’t be returning to his game anytime soon- or at least until 2020. FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, has reportedly suspended Donell for fraud. He’ll only be eligible to return to the professional sport in June 2020, provided that a team is willing to take him on.