Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi’s contract with the Turkish basketball federation has been terminated, due to suspected doping. This puts Taurasi’s spot on the US Olympic Team in jeopardy as well. The WNBA has yet to make a statement about Taurasi’s eligibility to play.
According to the New York Times, Taurasi tested positive for a stimulant called modafinil, a drug typically used to treat sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy. Taurasi has said that she has never knowingly taken modafinil, and her lawyer says that they will be appealing the Turkish basketball federation’s decision.
Before I run my mouth, let me just disclose that I’m a huge Phoenix Mercury fan – bias stated. I’m really sad for Diana Taurasi, who many basketball fans believe to be the top female player in the world. Taurasi is not my favorite Mercury player, but there is no denying her talent. It is very sad to think that her career could be in jeopardy over a questionable urine sample. [Read more...]