Austin Peay football player charged with selling illegal steroids

Austin Peay football player charged with selling illegal steroids (Image 1)
Austin Peay football player charged with selling illegal steroids (Image 1)

A senior fullback at Austin Peay State University was arrested Tuesday for selling illegal steroids.

According to a news release, Cody Tucker was taken into custody for selling 500 milligrams of liquid testosterone to a confidential source during a controlled sale by judicial drug task force agents.

He later admitted to police that the liquid sold was testosterone.

Tucker, a key blocker for the team, had recently been suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team policy.

Tucker was released Tuesday night on $5,000 bond.

Coach Rick Christophel declined to comment on the specifics of the suspension and on whether other players were subject to any punishments from the NCAA or Ohio Valley Conference.

“That's something that [because of Tucker's status] as a student, I can't comment on,” he stated. “Our situation is that he's suspended until something is done.”

A spokesperson with the Ohio Valley Conference said in a news release that if Tucker or any other players tested positive for illegal steroids, Commissioner Beth DeBauche would have the authority to “take disciplinary actions,” though she knew of no action taken for drug violations in the last decade.

All Austin Peay athletes are required to attend a yearly drug/alcohol training course and are subject to drug screenings based on random selection or reason for suspicion.

Athletes who test positive for any of the NCAA's banned substances are “required to undergo mandatory counseling” are subject to unannounced testing.

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