Brent Naden, a Panthers star, has been given a provisional suspension under the NRL’s Anti-Doping Policy, as he had been found positive in an A-sample for metabolites of cocaine.
This was after a test was conducted post-grand final after Panthers loss Storm. In a statement provided by the NRL upon provisionally suspending the athlete, they revealed: “Mr Naden is prohibited from participating in any WADA compliant sport, including rugby league, while the provisional suspension is in place.”
Provided that the NRL is under the agreement with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), cocaine is prohibited In-competition.
This was not a surprise though, as Naden had recently checked himself into a rehabilitation facility to seek help with “a number of personal issues”. Fortunately, the Panthers had been very supportive with Naden as he battles with a number of off-field problems and acknowledged the NRL’s provisional suspension on Tuesday.
“Penrith Panthers acknowledges the provisional suspension handed down to player Brent Naden after he returned a positive test for a recreational drug,” A Panthers club statement read.
The statement added that after the 2020 NRL Grand Finals, Naden had approached the club to seek help with a number of personal issues. Consequently, he admitted he has been using a recreational drug.