Columbus, OH, United States (4E Sports) – The father of suspended Ohio State defensive end Noah Spence revealed that his son tested positive for the drug ecstasy.
Greg Spence said the drug was slipped into his son’s drink without his knowledge, resulting in a three-game suspension.
The Big Ten has suspended the younger Spence for Orange Bowl and the first two games of the 2014 season against Navy and Virginia Tech.
Greg Spence said the Big Ten originally suspended Noah for a full season before reducing the ban to three games following an appeal. The family made a second appeal, which was denied, and plans to file a lawsuit against the conference.
In a statement, Ohio State said it aided the Spence family in its appeal to the Big Ten. However, Buckeyes athletic director Gene Smith declined to comment on the matter.
The NCAA classifies ecstasy as a stimulant on its list of banned substances. There was some question in Spence’s case about whether ecstasy is considered a performance-enhancing drug.
Spence led Ohio State with 8.5 sacks and ranked second on the team with 14.5 tackles for loss. He had 52 total tackles, a forced fumble and four quarterback hurries.