A number of football players have been mixed up with performance-enhancing drugs during their careers and most recently, Florida Gators quarterback Will Grier was suspended for failing the PED exam and was tested positive for using one. It was earlier stated in ESPN that the supplement was an ?unnamed, unapproved, over-the-counter issue,? but it was then announced that the substance was Ligandrol, reported by the Big Lead.
UPDATE: Grier reportedly took banned supplement called Ligandrol which isn't classified as a steroid, but is banned as performance-enhancer.
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 12, 2015
According to NBC news, the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) does not have a banned substance list, but said it ?follows what the USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) and NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) list as a guide for banned substances. Those organizations each publish a prohibited list of substances. Regardless of what the substance is, if you see it on those lists, it is banned by the FHSAA as well.?
What is Ligandrol?
According to a photo posted by Twitter user Mackenzie Thirkill:
?LGD-4033, or Ligandrol, is a Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator (SARM) and is used in the bodybuilding world as side-effect free Steroid Alternative. Ligandrol, has a high affinity to bond with the Androgen receptors (ARs) and is selective in the sense that it only binds to the ARs in the muscles, not in bones, the or whatever else ARs are located.
?LGD-4033 was originally developed to treat conditions such as the muscle wasting (muscular dystrophy) that comes with cancer, illness and old age. LGD-4033 is expected to provide the therapeutic effects that testosterone offer, without the need of injections, and side effects that may come with steroid use.?
Some reports indicate Will Grier’s banned substance was ligandrol. That is not accurate, a source told @ESPN
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) October 12, 2015
However, reports of Will Grier taking Ligandrol were apparently inaccurate and that the performance-enhancing drug is still unknown. Grier is to serve a one year suspension that will at least keep him out of 13 or more games but there is still an appeals process available to the quarterback,.
UF tells me QB Will Grier is done for 2015 regardless appeal outcome. UF hopes to get suspension reduced to make WG eligible Game 1 2016.
— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) October 13, 2015