Gabonese basketball player, currently a member of the Turkish Galatasaray, Stephane Lasme was positive on a doping test, according to media in Turkey. According to media reports, Lasme has failed on a doping test conducted immediately after the quarterfinal match of the Turkish playoffs against Karsiyaka, and Lasme was positive on Carboxy THC, recreational drug.
If Lasme accept the test results, he will be punished with a three-month ban practicing basketball, but in the event that Gabonese requested B sample, and the results are the same, will be faced with penalty of six months.
Stephane Lasme last year signed a one-year contract with Istanbul’s Galatasaray, with whom he won the Eurocup this season. In Istanbul has arrived with a reputation as one of the best defensive centers in Europe, played a great season in Turkey and was named Most Valuable Player of the finals of the Eurocup, however, after the incident with the doping will hardly be able to find a new engagement.
The representatives of Galatasaray have also reacted, and briefly commented that are waiting for an official test report and the statement of the Turkish federation, and that upon reception of the final results will issue an official statement.
Stephane Lasme for years performing in Europe and this is the first time that he found himself in the center of the scandal, which happens very rarely when it comes to players coming from the soil of the United States. Recall, recently the American point guard of the Greek AEK Taurean Green almost got into a physical confrontation with coach Jure Zdovc, and last year the former point guard of Crvena Zvezda Marcus Williams was also positive for cannabis, for which was faced with a suspension of six months. Due to the same vice and power forward of Panathinaikos James Gist twice paused during his European career. However, the 34-year-old Lasme graced reputation of calm and very decent player.
Former player of the Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Maccabi and Panathinaikos was still not respondent of a positive doping test, but it remains to be seen whether he will request additional B sample or will accept a three-month suspension. If Stephane Lasme indeed violated the rules, and in all probability is, will have to bear responsibility for his actions and think carefully about the future, having in mind that is near the end of his career.