HARRISBURG, Pa (WTVN) -- A Harrisburg TV station, abc27, is reporting that the family of Ohio State football player Noah Spence claims he was suspended for testing postitive for a small amount of ecstasy. Spence was suspended for three games, including the Orange Bowl.
It's standard procedure for every player to get tested prior to the Big 10 championship game, and Spence's family says he was shocked when his drug test came back positive.
The family tells the TV station that Spence unintentionally took the drug when he was given an open drink by people he didn't know at a party.
Greg Spence says the Big 10 originally suspended his son for one year because they consider ecstasy a performance-enhancing drug. The NCAA considers ecstasy a street drug, which carries a lesser penalty.
The family appealed and the suspension was dropped to three games.
They appealed a second time, but the three-game suspension was upheld.
The Spence family says they also plan to file a lawsuit against the Big 10.