Grant coming to terms with tough decision to withdraw from Team Canada roster

John Grant Jr. said it's 'beyond devastating' that he won't be part of Team Canada in Denver. (Photo: Inside Lacrosse)
John Grant Jr. said it's 'beyond devastating' that he won't be part of Team Canada in Denver. (Photo: Inside Lacrosse)

When Canada takes the field to play the United States tomorrow in Denver for the initial game of the FIL world championships in Denver, John Grant Jr. will be on the sideline. He won’t be in uniform, and it’s got him “beyond devastated.” β€œIt’s the most gutted I’ve been since I laid in that hospital bed in 2008,” Grant told the Peterborough Examiner last week. It’s that hospital stay in 2008 that’s played a bit of a role in this circumstance. In dealing with a trying medical issue, Grant was prescribed testosterone medication that’s on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances. But even though the Canadian Centre For Ethics In Sports, the NLL, MLL and CLA have granted him exemptions to compete, an FIL committee did not. It was a stunning decision to hear of Grant’s withdrawal from the games and even though he’ll be helping coach Team Canada, it won’t be the same. Check out the story in the Examiner to read more of Grant’s candid thoughts on the situation in which he discusses how the medication isn’t geared to help him athletically as much as it is helping him deal with the challenges of daily life.

Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at bob.chavez@nllinsider.com or go to RochesterSports.com.

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