Perhaps the last person that many would have believed to be involved in an incident of this nature, Newcastle Knights veteran Jarrod Mullen has been suspended by the NRL for breaching their anti-doping policy.
Mullen’s suspension comes after his A-sample tested positive for Drastanolone, a banned anabolic steroid under both the NRL’s Anti-Doping Policy and the World Anti Doping Agency’s policy.
Whilst the provisional suspension is in place, Jarrod Mullen is prohibited from participating in any WADA compliant sport, rugby league included.
In an NRL statement, they said they would not make any further comment on the matter.
The Knights released a statement of their own outlining their disappointment in the breach.
“The Newcastle Knights has been made aware the NRL has provisionally suspended Jarrod Mullen under the NRL’s Anti-Doping Policy.
The Provisional Suspension Notice asserts that Mullen returned a positive A-sample for an anabolic steroid, Drostanolone which is prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the NRL’s Anti-Doping Policy.
He was tested by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) on November 29, 2016.
Mullen is prohibited from participating in any WADA compliant sport, including Rugby League, while the provisional suspension is in place.
Under the Anti-Doping Policy, Mullen now has the opportunity to have his B-sample analysed.
“The Club is obviously extremely disappointed,” CEO Matt Gidley said.
“The Club has a strict governance program, the players are regularly educated and fully aware of the consequences of going outside our governance guidelines.
“From here, there is a formal process we need to follow under the guidelines.
“We need to respect the process and in the interim the Club will continue to monitor Jarrod’s welfare.”