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UPDATE: Trier suspension due to positive PED test; He releases statement for first time

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UPDATE: Arizona Sophomore guard Allonzo Trier, who has yet to play this season, admitted Wednesday that he tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug.

According to Trier, he is still not sure if he'll play this season. (See story below for Trier's full statement).

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Arizona sophomore guard Allonzo Trier is suspended due to a positive test for performance enhancing drugs according to a report from ESPN, which is consistent with information from News 4 Tucson sources.

Trier has been held out of all 18 of Arizona's games this season while serving an NCAA suspension, after the test was administered in September. The university was notified in October.

Trier appealed his suspension and won, according to the ESPN report, but the NCAA mandated that Trier cannot play until the drug in question is out of his system.

As of a test from two weeks ago, there were still trace amounts of the drug in his system, according to the report.

Trier is the team's returning leading scorer from 2015-16, averaging 14.8 points per game and has been allowed to practice all season with the team, and travel as of Arizona's trip to Los Angeles on December 3rd.

The University of Arizona has started all basketball press conferences with a "no comment" on Trier so far this season.

But, since ESPN broke the story, the UA's Athletic Department finally decided to release a statement on Trier's behalf. 

In an email sent to News 4 Tucson, Trier stated:

"Earlier this season, I was notified that I tested positive for a trace amount of a banned performance-enhancing drug following an NCAA random test and I was shocked. I have never knowingly taken a banned substance. After finding out that I was given a banned substance by a well-intentioned, but misguided person not associated with the University after an injury, I presented this information to the NCAA. The NCAA agreed that I had no knowledge of receiving the substance and my eligibility was restored. Although I can practice and travel with the team, I am not allowed to resume playing in games until the substance completely leaves my body even at a trace amount. Unfortunately, I am unsure of when that time will be, but I hope it is soon."

"I want to thank my family, coaches, teammates, my attorney and the athletics department for their support during this difficult time. I will not have any further comment at this time. In addition, I have asked the athletics department to respect my privacy by not answering any questions or releasing any information beyond this statement."

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