According to Brooke Pryor of The Oklahoman, the legal battle over the loss of a year of eligibility for Amani Bledsoe will rage on.
According to Pryor, the NCAA has 14 days to respond to Bledsoe’s lawsuit from the day the ruling of District Judge Jeff Virgin denied the NCAA’s motion to dismiss.
Bledsoe tested positive for a substance banned by the NCAA. Bledsoe and OU sent protein power Bledsoe borrowed from a teammate to an independent lab. The lab’s test came back positive for the banned substance clomiphene, which was not listed as a part of the powder on the product’s label. Inner Armor tested the same product from a different sample for clomiphene, and the results came back negative.
Bledsoe’s case is that since he did not knowingly ingest clomphene, and therefore should not be penalized by the NCAA. The NCAA argues that the NCAA is not a state actor, and that playing football is not protected by the Oklahoma Constitution. Bledsoe’s camp argues that the NCAA is a state actor, and violated Bledsoe’s rights.
The NCAA will have until December 5th to respond.
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