Goalkeeper Hope Solo failed a drug test according to the USADA.
The USADA seems almost absurd at times…
Anyway, she provided a urine sample that tested positive for Canrenone.
Canrenone is a diuretic and is sometimes used to flush the system, so it's a USADA banned substance.
The thing is, though, that Canrenone was contained in a prescription medication she was taking for legitimate purposes.
Here's U.S. Soccer's statement:
"U.S. Soccer received notification from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that Hope Solo tested positive for a banned substance from an out-of competition urine sample she provided on June 15. After discussions with Hope, we fully support her clarification that the positive test for Canrenone was due to the use of a prescribed medication from a personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes and not related to performance enhancement in any way."
Here's Hope's statement:
"I took a medication prescribed by my personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes that I did not know contained a diuretic. Once informed of this fact, I immediately cooperated with USADA and shared with them everything they needed to properly conclude that I made an honest mistake, and that the medication did not enhance my performance in any way. As someone who believes in clean sport, I am glad to have worked with USADA to resolve this matter and I look forward to representing my country at the 2012 Olympic Games in London."
We can understand the need to raise the alarms internally, but what purpose does it serve to expose her private medical issues with the whole world like this?
Especially if it was COMPLETELY an honest mistake??
Seems rude to us!
We're just glad she's okay and cleared to play!
[Image via AP Images.]