MLS suspends, fines Josh Williams

MLS suspends, fines Crew's Williams for testing positive for illegal substance

Josh Williams

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Jason Mowry

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber announced today that he
has suspended and fined Columbus Crew player Josh Williams for violating
the MLS Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health (SABH) Policy by testing
positive for methandienone metabolites, a prohibited
performance-enhancing substance.

The player is suspended for 10 MLS games, effective immediately, and
has been fined 10 percent of his annual salary. During the suspension,
the player may not participate in any other competitions.

The player purchased and ingested an over-the-counter nutritional
supplement containing the banned substance. The supplement was purchased
from a vitamin store that is part of a national chain.  

“There is no place in sport for performance-enhancing drugs,” Garber
said. “We continue to hold our players responsible and accountable for
everything they ingest in order to ensure the integrity of our
competition.”