Leafs forward, Carter Ashton, has been suspended for 20 games, losing approx.. ¼ of his salary after violating the NHL/NHLPA performance enhancing substances program.
During a training session, he suffered an asthma attack – he didn’t know he had asthma nor a puffer on him so a fellow athlete loaned him a puffer which he used to stop the asthma attack.
He kept the puffer and used it again without checking to see if its contents were permissible. However inhalers contain an ingredient – Clenbuterol – which is a prohibited substance.
Should Ashton have known better? Should the league’s pesident have given him a lesser punishment? Could some leniency have been used here?