GOLD Coast Suns’ Brayden Crossley faces a four-year ban after reportedly testing positive to cocaine.
The Suns on Thursday confirmed the 19-year-old had produced an “adverse analytical finding” in a test that was believed to be taken after a NEAFL match in May.
Crossley has not played senior football this year after 10 matches for the Suns in his 2018 AFL debut season.
“We have been notified that Brayden Crossley has received notification of an adverse analytical finding from a recent test by ASADA under the Australian Football Anti-Doping Code,” a Suns statement said.
“The club supports the role of ASADA and will fully cooperate during this process.
“We are continuing to provide Brayden with wellbeing support and want to stress that it would be inappropriate to pre-empt the outcome of the matter at this time.”
Crossley will reportedly “vigorously defend” himself in the ASADA case.
“Brayden has sought independent legal advice to assist him going forward,” the Suns said.
“The club’s public commentary on this issue is governed by strict protocols, and as such under the Australian Football Anti-Doping Code we are unable to provide any further commentary whilst the process unfolds.”
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