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College Football Player May Not Be Allowed To Compete Due To Medication For Seizures

first_imgA general view of Jordan-Hare Stadium during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the West Virginia Mountaineers.AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 19: A general view of Jordan-Hare Stadium during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the West Virginia Mountaineers on September 19, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)C.J. Harris was set to play for Auburn football this season. The Georgia native called it “a dream,” after he was offered the chance to be a walk-on for the Tigers. However, a medication that he takes to battle seizures is banned by the NCAA, and may not be able to play.As a sophomore in high school, C.J. Harris was diagnosed with epilepsy, after suffering his fourth seizure. It took until January 2017, after 14 total seizures, for doctors to find a medication that worked. Harris began taking cannabis oil, and has been completely seizure-free for over a year.Cannabis oil contains a small amount of THC, which is banned by the NCAA and shows up in drug tests. Because of this, he cannot play for the Tigers while on the medication.The situation has put the Harris family in a really tough bind. From WGXA:Curtis said telling his son he couldn’t play college football was “the hardest thing I’ve done.” He compared it to the conversation his father had with him at the age of 6, when his father told him and his sister that their mother had passed away.“You’re taking something away from a kid who’s worked so hard in his life to get there,” Curtis said. “And you’re just taking it away because he’s taking a medication that’s helping with his disability.”Cannabis oil is the only medication that has worked to prevent C.J. Harris from having more seizures.Now, he is looking for alternate options on both the medicine and football fronts. If he cannot find an alternate medicine that passes NCAA regulations, he may have to play at a lower level:Now, it seems like Harris has two options — find a new medicine or give up on his dreams of playing NCAA football.He’s currently looking at some junior colleges and NAIA programs to play for next season. Harris also says he’ll check in with some new doctors in the coming months to see if there are any alternate medicines he could take that would allow him to pass a drug test and play at the highest level of college football.This is a brutal situation for someone like Harris, whose dream has been to play college football, and may lose the chance through no fault of his own. You would hope that an exception could be made for him, given his medical situation, but that is not generally how the NCAA operates.[WGXA]last_img read more

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