According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Manhattan’s junior forward Jermaine Lawrence will be suspended for half of the season, two months after he was told he would only be suspended for an exhibition game against Adelphi for a failed drug test.
Lawrence received a letter from the school on Sept. 4, saying that he would be suspended for the exhibition game, and that he would have to participate in a drug counseling and treatment program at St. John’s Riverside Hospital.
If he failed a second drug test, he would lose 50 percent of his athletic scholarship and would have to sit out half the season as well.
It is unclear whether Lawrence failed the second drug test, as his mother, in an interview with ESPN, claims that he has passed every drug test since September and has willingly attended all the drug counseling classes.
“He was told that he was going to miss one game, and then it completely changed,” Marcia Lawrence told ESPN. “They said it was his second offense two months later.”
Ms. Lawrence believes that her son perhaps is being penalized for refusing to take a drug test last year, one which she told ESPN her son believed was intentional and not random. Lawrence will fight the decision at an appeal on Thursday afternoon.
A member of the athletic department released a statement on the situation.
“We support the health and well-being of all of our students and withhold comment on any internal issues involving our students,” the statement said.
More to come…