Monday 18 December 2017 / 04:37 AM

NRL AND KNIGHTS STATEMENTS ON JARROD MULLEN

The rugby league world is in shock at the news veteran Newcastle Knights half Jarrod Mullen has test positive to anabolic steroids. The NRL and the Knights have both released statements:

NRL STATEMENT

The NRL said on Tuesday afternoon that it has provisionally suspended Newcastle Knights player Jarrod Mullen under the NRL’s Anti-Doping Policy.

The Provisional Suspension Notice asserts that Mr Mullen returned a positive A-sample for an anabolic steroid, Drostanolone which is prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the NRL’s Anti-Doping Policy. He was tested by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) on November 29, 2016.

Mr Mullen is prohibited from participating in any WADA compliant sport, including Rugby League, while the provisional suspension is in place.

Under the Anti-Doping Policy, Mr Mullen now has the opportunity to have his B-sample analysed.

The NRL will not be making further comment while this process is under way.

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS STATEMENT

The Newcastle Knights has been made aware the NRL has provisionally suspended Jarrod Mullen under the NRL’s Anti-Doping Policy.

The Provisional Suspension Notice asserts that Mullen returned a positive A-sample for an anabolic steroid, Drostanolone which is prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the NRL’s Anti-Doping Policy.

He was tested by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) on November 29, 2016.

Mullen is prohibited from participating in any WADA compliant sport, including Rugby League, while the provisional suspension is in place.

Under the Anti-Doping Policy, Mullen now has the opportunity to have his B-sample analysed.

“The club is obviously extremely disappointed,” CEO Matt Gidley said.

“The club has a strict governance program, the players are regularly educated and fully aware of the consequences of going outside our governance guidelines.

“From here, there is a formal process we need to follow under the guidelines.

“We need to respect the process and in the interim the club will continue to monitor Jarrod’s welfare.”

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