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Report: Ex-UM star Peppers had diluted urine sample

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

Just days before the NFL draft, ESPN is reporting former Michigan defensive back Jabrill Peppers had a diluted urine sample for his drug screening at the NFL combine.

The diluted sample is treated like a positive test and Peppers will enter Stage 1 of the NFL’s Substance Abuse Program.

Peppers’ representation released the following statement:

“Peppers went to the combine. He was sick after flying there from San Diego. He has a history of cramping. Peppers was being pumped with fluids, drinking 8-10 bottles of water before he went to bed, because he was the first guy to work out two days for the LBs and DBs. He had to go through that first day, come back on second day, and that was the fear. So Peppers was pounding water and under the weather. He never failed a drug test in his life, nor tested positive before for any substance.”

Stage 1 of the Substance Abuse Program requires that a player is referred to a medical director and evaluated. It is then determined if the player requires clinical intervention or treatment. If intervention or treatment is not required, the player will continue to be tested for banned substances up to 90 days. Failure to appear or a positive test during those 90 days will result in a player being placed into Stage 2 of the program.

Stage 2 includes unannounced testing for up to 24 months with subsequent positive tests resulting in fines and possible suspension.

Peppers’ character often was praised during his time at Michigan and leading up to the draft. The diluted sample is unlikely to impact the potential first-rounder’s draft stock.