Diana Taurasi #3 of the Phoenix Mercury reacts after being defeated by the Seattle Storm in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals during the 2010 WNBA Playoffs at US Airways Center in Phoenix Arizona. The Storms defeated the Mercury 91-88 to win the series 2-0.

Diana Taurasi Reportedly Tests Positive For Banned Substance

WNBA star Diana Taurasi reportedly tested positive for a banned substance while playing in Turkey.

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Diana Taurasi Banned Substance Reportedly A 'Mild Stimulant'

Details continue to emerge regarding the type of banned substance WNBA star Diana Taurasi tested positive for while playing in Turkey. Though Taurasi’s lawyer, Howard Jacobs, wouldn’t go into great deal, he did say the drug was neither recreational or a steroid while confirming it was a “mild stimulant.” The news quietly leaked in a Turkish paper earlier on Thursday before hitting the United States in an AP report Thursday night.

“We’re taking it one step at a time,” Jacobs said. “I’d rather not say what it is at this stage, they’ve only tested the ‘A’ sample. Somehow it leaked over in Turkey. We’re waiting for the ‘B’ sample to be tested. We’ve had some difficulty with getting a date so far, mostly because of the holidays. We’re hoping to get it as soon as we can.”

A non-recreational, non-steroid mild stimulant narrows down the drug significantly, giving us a good idea of what she tested positive for. In this case, the information points towards Adderall or a similar derivative, a prescription drug used to treat attention deficit disorder.

Stay tuned to our StoryStream for more information as it becomes available.

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Diana Taurasi Reportedly Tests Positive For Banned Substance

Phoenix Mercury's star Diana Taurasi has reportedly tested positive for a banned substance. Multiple reports, all sourcing the AP, are reporting Taurasi failed some kind of test, though we don't know which or what for yet. The banned substance could range from recreational drugs to performance enhancers, with the list of banned substances typically a mile long.

The AP report, while informative, leaves something to be desired. Below is the entire report, released Thursday evening.

NEW YORK -- WNBA star Diana Taurasi has tested positive for a banned substance.

The Wall Street Journal came through shortly thereafter with more details indicating the banned substance was neither a steroid or a recreational drug and that Taurasi's A sample tested positive while she was playing in Turkey.

Howard Jacobs said Thursday night that Taurasi's A sample came back positive from a Turkish lab and she was provisionally suspended by the Turkish league she's playing in. Taurasi has requested that her B sample be tested.

Taurasi was the no-brainer No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 WNBA draft after a stellar career at UConn. Since then, Taurasi has been a five-time first team, and one-time second team, All-WNBA selection. In 2007, Taurasi's Mercury won the WNBA Championship for the first time. In 2009, Taurasi led the Mercury to a second WNBA Championship, winning the WNBA Most Valuable Player and WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player award on the way.

Her career has been littered with individual and team achievements, making the news of a positive test for a banned substance even more shocking. For more details on Taurasi's positive test, check out SB Nation Arizona and Swish Appeal, SB Nation's WNBA blog.

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