With previous rumors surrounding suspended Buckeyes All-Big Ten defensive lineman Noah Spence that his suspension was related to an unapproved supplement, ABC27 in Harrisburg PA is reporting that Spence was, in fact, suspended for "a small amount of ecstasy".
Per Spence's father, Greg Spence, Noah Spence unintentionally took the drug when he was given a drink by folks he didn't know at a party. Spence went on to state that the Big Ten considers the drug to be a performance enhancer and had suspended Spence for a year, but that the NCAA considers it a street drug and that the three game suspension (which kept Spence out of the Orange Bowl and will sideline him for the first two games of the 2014 season, against Navy in Baltimore and at home against Virginia Tech respectively) was the result of that appeal. The report concludes stating that the Spences tried a second appeal but were rebuffed.
It's certainly a good reminder that whether male or female, you should never accept an open drink from an unknown party of origin, but it's also curious, as ecstasy isn't usually the kind of drug dropped into others' drinks. Ecstasy, or MDMA, induces a euphoric state with reduced anxiety, and isn't often the kind of substances associated with being unwittingly drugged.
None the less, Spence will miss the first sixth of the Buckeyes' 2014 season. Hopefully this is a lesson for all current (and prospective future student athletes) to again know where your beverage of choice comes from.