Oregon was without wide receiver Darren Carrington for last week’s national championship game due to being ruled ineligible by the NCAA due to a failed drug test. It was reported Carrington tested positive for marijuana, but his father says his son did not smoke any marijuana prior to the championship game.
The excuse? Carrington was in a room where marijuana was being smoked. This is like a Bill Clinton explanation, is it not?
According to CSN Northwest, Darren Carrington Sr. said in a phone interview his son was in a room with two others who were smoking marijuana, which then led to his son inhaling the smoke that caused the positive test result. The test was administered the week f the Rose Bowl, which saw Oregon smash Florida State to advance to the championship game against Ohio State.
“He worked his butt off, got in when he got in, took advantage of his opportunities then in two weeks he blows up,” Carrington Sr. said to CSN Northwest. “He becomes one of the guys and then just like that, it’s done.”
Whatever the reason for failing the drug test, it still sounds as though it could have been completely avoided by Carrington by removing himself from the environment or situation. When a chance to play for a national championship is on the line, those are the things that have to be taken into consideration.