American basketball player DJ Cooper has received one of the more astounding suspensions in recent memory.
Cooper stepped away from AS Monaco late in 2018 for “family reasons,” though he attempted to join the Bosnian national team as a naturalised player later that year.
The former Ohio University standout never made it, however, and was instead handed a two-year suspension from FIBA for failing a drug test.
But it wasn’t performance enhancing drugs, recreational drugs or any of the other usual suspects that thwarted Cooper.
His drug test, according to Eurohoops.net, revealed that he was pregnant.
The test on the urine that Cooper provided revealed the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG, which is a hormone made by the placenta during pregnancy.
That urine, per the report, actually belonged to his girlfriend — who likely didn’t know she was pregnant at the time.
So, FIBA suspended Cooper for fraud. He’s eligible to return on June 20, 2020.
DJ Cooper has been banned from the game after drug testers were stunned to discover he was pregnant.— Shaun Anthony (@lunateec) August 5, 2019
A recently released report shows the urine actually belonged to his girlfriend, who was likely unaware she was pregnant. pic.twitter.com/PKMiCXVwcW
DJ Cooper... Pregnant or not 😂 pic.twitter.com/kGco5EUTWA— betpropicks (@betpropicks) August 4, 2019
DJ Cooper is pregnant. Bruh what am i hearing that right?— Better Cheddars (@esibert23) August 5, 2019
Fiba suspended DJ Cooper after using a female friend’s urine sample during a drug test and the result came out positive for Pregnancy. 😂 pic.twitter.com/pbIMQFfCkS— Best’s Point Of View TV (@POVOFBEST1) August 5, 2019
Former Ohio Bobcat basketball star DJ Cooper was suspended by FIBA until June 2020 last year for… *squints at notes* using his pregnant girlfriend’s urine to pass a drug test...?— Hustle Belt (@HustleBelt) August 3, 2019
Yes, really, that happened. https://t.co/PIqagLojPY
This is one of those stories that you would respond to as "No Way!!!" but "Way!!!"https://t.co/NQZPp7Y9h7— Vinnie Dubbman (@VDubProductions) August 3, 2019
Doctor: Mr. Cooper your urine sample came back and I'd like to inform you that you have passed your drug test.— T3ddy D. 😏 (@mistaTdavis) August 5, 2019
DJ: That's wassup Doc
Doctor: And congratulations you're 6 weeks pregnant
DJ: https://t.co/pMmMuFCb3C pic.twitter.com/bwl6NILiCp
Cooper’s college stardom
Cooper played for the Bobcats from 2009-2013, starting in nearly every game in his collegiate career while averaging 14.5 points, 6.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds per contest.
After going undrafted, the guard took his talents to Europe.
He played two seasons in the Greek League, for both Panathinaikos and AEK Athens, and then three in the French league with three different teams.
He averaged 6.7 points and 7.2 assists over 26 games in his last season with Monaco in 2017-18.