Sharks Player Xerri Fails ASADA Drug Test, Immediately Stood Down
Cronulla Sharks player, Bronson Xerri, has allegedly tested positive to several banned performance-enhancing substances, and is facing a possible multi-year suspension from the NRL.
Xerri was provisionally suspended under the NRL’s anti-doping policy, after an NRL statement confirmed Xerri is alleged to have returned a positive A-sample “for exogenous Testosterone, Androsterone, Etiocholanolone and 5b-androstane-3a, 17b-diol” when tested on November 25, 2019.
All listed substances are prohibited under both the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the NRL’s Anti-Doping Policy, with several of the substances listed as anabolic steroids, or compounds that are tested to detect the use of steroids.
Xerri will now be given the opportunity to have his B-sample analysed by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) and will be unable to play any level of rugby league while suspended.
A Sharks statement said the “club has been in contact with Bronson and has offered him full welfare support as he deals with this situation.”
Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, who publicly supports the Sharks and attends several home games, said there is no place for drugs in sport.
“He’s a very talented young player, there’s no doubt about that, he’s as quick as lightning,” Morrison said.
“This is very disappointing, and I feel for the players and the club, but there’s no tolerance for drugs in sport and ASADA should do their job and they should follow that through and there are no exceptions.
“It would appear he’s made some very poor decisions and I hope that’s not the case,” he said.
Recently retired Cronulla Sharks player, Paul Gallen, questioned the time it took for ASADA to announce Xerri had allegedly tested positive, with the testing done six months ago.
“I haven’t spoken to anyone at the club, but when I found out it was taken in November and it was released today, you have to ask questions,” Gallen told Wide World Of Sports Radio.
“You start asking questions like don’t ASADA have a duty of care?
“Don’t the NRL have a duty of care towards the competition?
“Bronson Xerri was in a day or two of playing in Round 2.
“If he went out and hurt someone on that field because he was enhances, does that person have the right to come back at ASADA or the NRL and sue them…
“Are they really there for the good of the game, are they really trying to catch people doing the wrong thing?” he said.