Theodore won't appeal failed drug test

Updated: February 24, 2006, 3:44 PM ET
Associated Press

MONTREAL -- Canadiens goaltender Jose Theodore won't appeal a December drug test in which he tested positive for a banned substance.

Jose Theodore
Theodore

Theodore was on Canada's preliminary Olympic eligibility list but was not placed on the final squad.

He tested positive during random pre-Olympic screening for a drug that can be used to mask steroid use (the AP reported erroneously on Wednesday that Theodore had tested positive for a steroid). Team doctor David Mulder said the drug, propecia, was being used to promote hair growth. The goalie says he initially wanted to appeal but noted that other players lost appeals of failed tests.

"Some other athletes who had the same drug in their system all went on appeal because it was an Olympic year for them and they all lost," Theodore said. "The [appeal] hearing is public, it's long, it creates some distraction for the team and we decided our priority was the NHL."

Theodore says the NHL has granted him an exemption and he will be able to continue taking the prescription drug.

He still has to wait for a formal suspension which will indicate how long he won't be allowed to play in international competition.

Theodore fractured his right heel last weekend while putting salt on the ice outside his Montreal home. He plans to return to hockey in about two months.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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