Justin Brownlee fails Asiad drug test

MANILA, Philippines – The controversies surrounding Gilas Pilipinas persist, even after their remarkable Asian Games basketball gold medal win, as an anti-doping test revealed Justin Brownlee's positive result for cannabis use.

Justin Brownlee fails Asiad drug test
Justin Brownlee was tested positive for Carboxy-THC; a chemical substance found in cannabis plants a day after winning the Asiad gold. Photo Credit: FIBA

After giving it all out and winning the country’s first Asian Games basketball gold since 1962, naturalized Filipino Justin Brownlee and the rest of Gilas Pilipinas could be in deep trouble after the former failed a random in-competition anti-doping test.

The International Testing Agency (ITA) performed a substance test on the tournament’s best scorer exactly a day after the Philippines beat Jordan for the continental basketball title that yielded a Carboxy-THC positive result.

A Carboxy-THC is a chemical found in cannabis plants. A small amount of the said chemical is non-psychoactive or non-health-hazard and medically legal in most states in the US and other parts of Europe.

Though legal in some parts of the world, athletes are strictly prohibited to use such substances by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Likewise, Jordanian cager, Sam Bzai has also been tested positive for dehydrochloro methyl testosterone metabolite; a type of anabolic steroids.

Netizens are now speculating that it’s Chinese Basketball Association’s tactics to malign Brownlee and Gilas Pilipinas after the host team fell into the hands of the Philippines and lost the chance to defend their Asian basketball crown.

The Chinese squad is currently in a bad image in its home country after losing to Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA World Cup and Asian Games basketball semifinals.

As of writing, there’s no any given sanction for Brownlee and the Philippines from the Asian Games Committee.

Brgy. Ginebra’s resident import is currently en route to the U.S. for a short vacation before heading back to Manila for the PBA Season 48 opener on November 5.

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) nor Coach Tim Cone and the rest of the Gilas coaching staff haven’t released any statement on Brownlee’s doping controversy.

— Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express

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