The NCAA denied a former five-star recruit’s appeal to overturn his two-year ban. LSU defensive back Kristian Fulton has been ruled out for the 2018 season as a result of the decision.
Fulton received a two-year ban after he allegedly tried to skirt around a drug test from the NCAA. The former high school star sat out for the entire 2017 season following his suspension for tampering with a drug test.
The Tigers corner allegedly tried to use outside urine to skate around a drug test he thought was for marijuana. Fulton eventually took, and passed, the test which was for performance enhancing drugs rather than marijuana.
However, the NCAA still hit Fulton with a two-year ban – which is the customary penalty for an athlete involved in a case of “clearly observed tampering” with a drug test is banned from competition for 730 days.
Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated broke the news.
NCAA denied it despite a letter from LSU supporting Fulton and admitting inadequate education on NCAA penalty for cheating.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 9, 2018
Fulton is a former five-star recruit from the 2016 class. He was the No. 3 cornerback recruit and No. 22 overall recruit in the country in the 2016 recruiting class.
He’ll be forced to sit out for the entire 2018 season, but will be eligible to play in 2019.