bans Goodwin but 49ers receiver says has quit long jump
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[August 16, 2017]
By Frank Pingue
(Reuters) - Former long jumper Marquise
Goodwin, who is now a wide receiver for the San Francsico 49ers, was
handed a one-year ban by USADA on Tuesday for not providing his
whereabouts for drug testing but the NFL player said he no longer
competes in athletics.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency said in a statement that the
26-year-old Goodwin's suspension began on April 1, the date of his
third whereabouts failure in a 12-month period.
But Goodwin, who came up short in his bid to compete in last year's
Rio Olympics, said he had never failed a doping test and had always
been compliant with protocols but stopped submitting whereabouts
information because he had quit athletics.
"More than a year ago, I decided to cease competing in the sport in
order to concentrate 100 percent on my NFL career," Goodwin said in
a statement released by the 49ers.
"Therefore, I discontinued all practices associated with competing
in track and field, including submitting my 'Whereabouts'
"It appears that because I did not inform USADA of my plans, my name
was inadvertently included in their 2017 testing pool."
The 49ers said Goodwin, who spent the first four years of his NFL
career in Buffalo before signing with San Francisco in March,
informed the team a while ago that he no longer intended to compete
in the long jump.
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Marquise Goodwin of the USA in action during the men's long jump
Action Images via Reuters / Matthew Childs
The 49ers also said that after discussions with the
NFL it understood Goodwin would not be subject to any discipline
under the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances as a
result of USADA's decision.
Goodwin, a two-time USA long jump outdoor champion and twice U.S.
collegiate champion, arrived at last year's Olympic trials having
posted the two longest jumps of 2016 but went on to finish a
In 2012, Goodwin won the men's long jump at the U.S. trials. His
victory earned him his first Olympics berth and he finished 10th at
the 2012 Games in London.
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; editing by Ken Ferris)
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