Thursday, February 02, 2006

Blue Jackets defenseman Bryan Berard accepted a two-year suspension

Blue Jackets defenseman Bryan Berard accepted a two-year suspension from international competition for taking a banned steroid, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Friday.
Since the test Berard failed wasn't part of NHL testing, he won't be subject to league discipline.
A sample taken from Berard on Nov. 12 tested positive for 19-norandrosterone, a steroid that helps athletes add strength and muscle and lose weight. The sample was collected after his name was submitted by USA Hockey as a potential Olympic participant.
"No question, I'm embarrassed about it,'' Berard said after practice Friday. "There's nothing I can do about it now, other than accepting what I've done. We'll learn from it, it was a mistake and it won't happen again.''
The suspension began Jan. 3, the day Berard accepted a provisional suspension, USADA said.
"Mr. Berard's eligibility for play in the National Hockey League is not impacted by this positive drug test,'' Daly said. "We are confident that with the introduction of our new collectively-bargained performance enhancing substances Program, including the educational, testing and penalty elements that are part of that program, the use of banned substances by any NHL players will be eradicated in short order.''

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