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Reports: failed drug tests led to Janzen Jackson’s dismissal

Janzen Jackson, Tray Herndon

In announcing earlier today that Janzen Jackson had been abruptly dismissed from Tennessee, head coach Derek Dooley said in a statement that the “program has devoted a tremendous amount of energy, resources, support, and care in an effort to help Janzen manage his personal challenges.”

Apparently, one of those challenges was the ability to produce clean urine.

Both the Knoxville News Sentinel‘s Austin Ward and ESPN.com‘s Chris Low are reporting that Jackson’s dismissal was the result of multiple failed drug tests. ┬áCiting unnamed sources, the latter reports Jackson has battled substance abuse issues during his two-and-a-half years in Knoxville, which could explain his extended absence earlier this offseason as he dealt with what UT described as unspecified personal reasons.

Neither report mentions the drug or drugs that triggered the positive results.

Because of federal privacy laws, Ward notes, UT officials are not permitted to publicly confirm the reported reason behind Jackson’s departure.

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4 Responses to “Reports: failed drug tests led to Janzen Jackson’s dismissal”
  1. lakesidegator says: Aug 24, 2011 1:51 PM

    How can they get away with discriminating against a guy who has a bad liver, that cannot produce clean urine. No, wait a second, urine isn’t supposed to be clean, is it? Never mind. Got to go find another blog.

  2. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 24, 2011 2:40 PM

    Make sure you spit in Dooley’s face on the way out. What a bum. I’m sure you’ll be welcomed into the NFL with open arms. Goodell is the biggest hypocrite of them all. Pryor sells/trades stuff, and thats a big deal. But Janzen Jackson smokes weed everyday and he wont serve a suspension. Janoris Jenkins is the same story.

  3. soflosportsfan says: Aug 24, 2011 2:50 PM

    lakesidegator,

    it’s the kidneys that produce the urine the liver cleans out the blood.

  4. rolltide510 says: Aug 24, 2011 5:09 PM

    So we’re clear, heroin addicts in homeless shelters “battle substance abuse issues”. College students “smoke weed”.

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