The NRL has handed Penrith Panthers center Brent Naden a one-month suspension for his cocaine use, but a backdated sanction means he will be free to play and train from Friday.
Naden tested positive for cocaine the night of Penrith’s big final defeat in the Melbourne storm.
It was determined that his cocaine ingestion was not for performance enhancement reasons, but rather for out-of-competition reasons.
Therefore, he was sanctioned in accordance with the new forecasts of the new World Anti-Doping Code 2021.
Naden must also be in an approved rehabilitation program.
Panthers CEO Brian Fletcher addressed Naden’s sanction in a statement.
“Our club recognizes the sanction imposed on Brent Naden by the NRL for his recreational drug use.
“Brent has come to understand the significant impact his actions have on his family, our club and the game of Rugby League.
“He also understands how fortunate he is to have the opportunity to return to the NRL in 2021.
“With the support of Panthers staff and his family, Brent continues to work through his personal issues to reach his full potential on and off the field.
“We expect he will return to the Panthers’ preseason training after his suspension ends.”
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