Arizona G Allonzo Trier ‘Shocked’ To Learn Of Failed PED Test

    Arizona guard Allonzo Trier's suspension is the result of a failed PED test, solving a mystery dating back months. The sophomore is hopeful he can return soon.

    January 19, 2017

    Arizona guard Allonzo Trier’s suspension is the result of a failed PED test, solving a mystery dating back months. The sophomore is hopeful he can return soon.


    Rumors swirled about the reasons for Allonzo Trier’s sudden suspension in the preseason without confirmation from Trier, Arizona coach Sean Miller or the university itself.

    Finally, the mystery has been revealed.

    Trier released a statement late Wednesday confirming his suspension has been the result of a failed drug test that the NCAA administered randomly back in September. The sophomore guard tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug that Trier said he took unknowingly during recovery from an offseason injury.

    ESPN reported that Trier was involved in a serious car accident over the summer, but Trier has not confirmed that report. The NCAA will not allow Trier to play in games for the Wildcats until the drug is completely out of his system, although he has been reinstated and allowed to practice and travel with the team.

    Trier released the following statement after ESPN reported that he won an appeal of a positive PED test.

    “I have never knowingly taken a banned substance. After finding out that I was given a banned substance by a well-intentioned, but misguided person not associated with the University after an injury, I presented this information to the NCAA.

    “The NCAA agreed that I had no knowledge of receiving the substance and my eligibility was restored. Although I can practice and travel with the team, I am not allowed to resume playing in games until the substance completely leaves my body even at a trace amount. Unfortunately, I am unsure of when that time will be, but I hope it is soon.”

    Trier averaged 14.8 points per game as a freshman last season and was expected to be the catalyst behind Arizona’s bid to reach the Final Four for the first time since 2000-01. The Wildcats instead have relied on five players averaging in double figures and are 16-2 with a 5-0 start in Pac-12 play.

    Arizona plays at USC on Thursday night and at No. 3 UCLA on Saturday.

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