February 14, 2010
Another record-breaker falls victim to using performance-enhancing drugs.
Only this time the player isn't affiliated with baseball.
Former Maryland star Juan Dixon, who is the program's all-time points leader (2,269), tested positive for the steroid nandrolone and was indefinitely suspended by the International Basketball Federation.
Dixon is currently playing in Europe for the Spanish team Unicaja. He took the drug test in November, but wasn't notified of the result until the past few days.
Before we get any further: Nearly four months lapsed before he found out the result? Huh?
Gary Williams, who praises Dixon and harkens back to his work ethic and leadership with great frequency, did not speak about this news after Maryland's 77-56 loss to Duke yesterday.
So, did Dixon succumb to temptation after bouncing around the NBA? He was drafted by the Wizards, then played with the Raptors, Trailblazers, Pistons and was cut by the Atlanta Hawks last October before resorting to earning a paycheck overseas. He had an anonymous career in the Association, no doubt, but he did make it there — after years of proving high school and college scouts and coaches wrong.
Did he think this could be the way to get a spot on an NBA roster back? The mildly uncomfortable part of this story is to know Dixon's background. His parents were drug users, and both died of AIDS while he was a teenager.
Steroids, obviously, are not in the same league as hard-core drug use, but it is another cautionary tale in the Dixon story.