Reuben Foster discloses positive drug test at Scouting Combine

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The Scouting Combine officially didn’t go well for Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster. Apart from being sent home after an altercation with a health-care worker at the hospital where prospects are poked and prodded, Foster failed the drug test.

Foster, acknowledging that someone eventually was going to violate his privacy rights by reporting on a failed drug test under the substance-abuse policy, opted to disclose the situation to one of the outlets that would have been ready and willing to violate his privacy rights by reporting on the failed test.

This is something that’s going to get out,” Foster told Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. “I don’t make excuses. I’m a real dude. I try to be a good person. . . . I just hope the coaches understand and that’s all I can hope and pray for.”

The positive result came from a diluted sample. Foster explained that he was sick before the Scouting Combine, with vomiting, diarrhea, and cramping. He opted against an IV, obtained medication from a doctor, and began to hydrate.

“I couldn’t eat much, but I had to drink water and Gatorade,” Foster said. “Then a few coaches said something about me being too light. And I’m a coach-pleaser. I don’t care what everybody thinks, but I care what coaches think. So I drank and ate as much as I could without throwing up. Then I went in there, drinking and drinking water, trying to flush out my system from whatever was making me sick and trying to keep my weight up and took the test.”

The explanation makes sense for the most part. The claim that he was “trying to flush out my system from whatever was making me sick” feels a bit like a Freudian slip, since the rule regarding diluted sample arises from the concern that people will consume excess water in an effort to flush evidence of banned substances from his system.

Foster doesn’t know what any of  this will mean to his draft stock, but he embraces the possibility that he’ll slide.

“If it’s first round, second round, whoever takes me will get a good football player and an All-Pro,” Foster said. “I hope I go on Thursday, but I can’t control that.”

He also has no qualms about being placed in the drug-testing program. Which is good, because he will be.

And that’s the primary risk that a team will be taking in accepting his version as true. If he’s instead saying what he has to say to salvage his draft status, teams need to be sure that he will consistently choose football over whatever substance may have been in his system once he knows he’ll be tested on a regular basis.

After all, he knew he’d be tested at the Scouting Combine, and he failed the test anyway. If the dilution was indeed the result of an effort to conceal banned substances and not something that happened as he tried to deal with an illness, it’s fair to worry that he’ll fail more tests.

42 responses to “Reuben Foster discloses positive drug test at Scouting Combine

  1. His rookie contract needs something about “you do drugs you loose” If he is clean, it does him no harm. If he isn’t then the team can salvage some cap

  2. “I try to be a good person”……..
    The sounds you hear are the choo choo of the upcoming train wreck. Think Dion Jordan, Lawrence Phillips, Charles Rogers, Jusin Blackmon, etc. If you don’t want to see, at least don’t pretend it doesn’t exist. So far, sent home for aggressiveness vs hospital personnel, drug failure, already. NO DISCIPLINE, little smarts. RUN!

  3. I was rooting for Reuben to, oh well, now just hoping he doesn’t fall far enough for my Cowboys to take a “chance” with him. the “chance” is no chance at all, as he will flash and show his talent only to disappoint when he eventually is suspended–i’m still bummed about Randy Gregory.

  4. This is the biggest spin job excuse I’ve ever heard. The drug testing at the Combine is the true intelligence test, never mind the Wonderlic.

  5. If you can’t pass the most important drug test of your life that shows right there what kind of character you are. He just screwed any chance he had at going top 10. That test just lost him a few million dollars.

  6. Thank God he can play Football because he isn’t very smart. You fail a drug test in the hiring process of any normal job and you are removed from consideration.
    And was the drama at the combine done in hope of somehow skirting the process?

  7. He may just slide to #12. If the Browns come away with Garrett and Foster that will be the best draft in their expansion era even if they pick nothing but duds with the later rounds.

  8. sbdt says:
    Apr 20, 2017 4:53 PM
    Why don’t they give these idiots blood tests? Can’t fake that. Well, it’s a lot harder at least.


    Because most substances are out of the blood stream in half the time compared to urine.

  9. His sample may or may not have been diluted but there’s little doubt his brain is deluded. Another perfect fit player for minisoda.

  10. This probably won’t be the last time he fails a drug test. I guess he didn’t learn from Josh Gordon and others. He probably scored a zero on the Wonderlic.

  11. The worst part of it is that he lied in his explanation. If he just copped to it and said he smoked pot or something, he’d get some credit for honesty. But, the whole “I was dehydrated and sick” thing isn’t going to fool anyone and shows that he can’t own his mistakes. Stupid. Wouldn’t touch him in the first round.

  12. Second year in a row a top linebacker falls to the Jags in the second? I could see it, especially with Poz beginning to get phased out.

  13. Says the browns fan who’s team hasn’t had a hit in the first round since Ike hit Tina. Just trade down to 22 and draft another qb, rinse and repeat.

  14. And all of you who are saying you’d pass on him because of this are idiots. Warren Sapp, Randy Moss, etc. I’m sure you’d have passed on them, too? That’s why 75% of the GM’s suck- they make decisions like some of you.

  15. maust1013 says:
    Apr 20, 2017 6:00 PM
    SMH… you can’t make this stuff up

    Im sorta thinking he did

  16. It matters if it was recreational vs performance enhancing, but not much. If you know you are getting tested and can’t lay off weed or whatever, you are an addict. With the performance enhancing drugs, you have to wonder how much of his measurables and performance on the field were due to the juice. Either way he slides.

  17. msams1 says:
    Apr 20, 2017 8:57 PM
    Still first round.. kid can play

    Only if he isn’t suspended.

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