Law & Policy: Drugs & Alcohol
Texas Calls $10 Million HS PED Program a Waste
by Jim Vertuno March 2015
After the massive public high school steroids testing program caught just a handful of cheaters, Texas lawmakers appear likely to defund the program this summer.
UT Finds Sex with Player 'Consensual'; Accuser Stunned
by Anita Wadhwani, The Tennessean February 2015
She was just three weeks into her freshman year at the University of Tennessee — her first-choice college — when one Saturday night party derailed all of her plans.
Prep Basketball Coach Replaced Amid Pot Charges
by TOM SKIBOSH and JANE FORD-STEWART February 2015
Brandon Mattox has been appointed interim boys basketball coach at New Berlin West High School to replace coach Christophe rFoley, who was arrested Friday night for possession of marijuana.
Police: Zamboni Driver Drunk at Prep Hockey Game
by The Bismarck Tribune February 2015
Police say a Fargo man was drunk while operating a Zamboni Friday night at a high school hockey game.
Jury: Vanderbilt Rape Defendants Guilty on All Charges
by Michael Gaio January 2015
Two former Vanderbilt football players who once had promising futures are now convicted rapists. A Nashville jury found Brandon Vandenburg, 21, of Indio, Calif. and Cory Batey, 21, of Nashville guilty of a total of 16 felony charges after raping an unconscious former student in a Vanderbilt dorm on June 23, 2013. Two other defendants, Brandon Banks and Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, who are also former Vanderbilt football players, are also accused in the case. They are awaiting trial.
Halloween Parties Lead to Suspension of 45 Athletes
by Emily Attwood November 2014
The winter sports season is off to a bad start — and the fall season a bad finish — at Tahoma High School in Covington, Wash., where 45 student-athletes have been suspended from playing sports after attending Halloween parties where drugs and alcohol were present.
Police responding to a noise complaint discovered one of the parties. According to the King County sheriff's office, dozens of students were present, including many in school letter jackets. Those involved in the parties included 14 football players, four girls’ soccer players, two boys’ soccer players, two softball players, four wrestlers, seven baseball players and 12 cheerleaders.
According to a letter sent to parents, “Student-athletes who attended the parties will forfeit a portion of their athletic season, including any athlete whose team is currently involved in post-season play. The investigation to determine whether additional students attended the parties is continuing.”
Suspensions for those involved will range from one quarter to one half of the sports season, with those student-athletes not currently in season serving their suspension when the season begins.
"Our student-athletes are well aware of the Tahoma School District Athletic Code and the consequences of these poor choices,” said principal Terry Duty. “We hope this will be a lifelong lesson for our entire school, both those who choose to attend the parties and those who elect to do the right thing and not attend."
Officials are also investigating alleged threats made online against students who reported the parties to authorities. "School officials also are aware of negative comments on social media that name individuals or groups of students and blame them for reporting the parties to school authorities,” read the letter to parents. “School officials take all threats seriously and are investigating any threatening language directed at students or staff. Appropriate disciplinary actions have and will continue to be sanctioned.”
U. of Washington to Sell Beer in 'Off-Leash' Deck
by Michael Gaio August 2014
Washington Husky fans are being given a longer leash at home football games this year.
NCAA (Finally) Issues Punishment Against U. of Miami
by Michael Gaio October 2013
It's been more than two years, but the NCAA finally issued its punishment on the University of Miami following an investigation into the school's athletic department.
Prep Athlete Plays Designated Driver, Gets Suspended
by Michael Gaio October 2013
A high school volleyball player in Massachusetts has been suspended for five games and stripped of her status as team captain for doing something most of us would consider a good deed.
Is There a Steroid Problem in Military Fitness Centers?
by John Agoglia September 2013
Like other athletes, the pressure to perform better has some military members turning to performance enhancing drugs.