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Hearing in Amani Bledsoe’s case against NCAA scheduled for Monday

NORMAN — The latest hearing in Oklahoma defensive end Amani Bledsoe’s case against the NCAA is scheduled for Monday morning in Cleveland County district court.

Bledsoe filed for a motion of summary judgment on Oct. 25. If the motion is granted, a decision will be made on his claims without a trial. Bledsoe originally filed a lawsuit against the NCAA in August 2017 for the one-year suspension he was dealt after testing positive for clomiphene, an NCAA banned substance.

“Through its arbitrary policies and fact-blind decision making, the NCAA derailed Bledsoe’s personal and professional life,” the motion for summary judgment states.

Bledsoe, from Lawrence, Kansas, claims that his due process rights were violated by the NCAA. The NCAA had previously been denied a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The NCAA had claimed it wasn’t a state actor and that playing college football isn’t a constitutionally protected liberty.

Bledsoe’s lawsuit stems from a drug test he took on Oct. 5, 2016 in his freshman season. A month earlier, sometime shortly before or after Oklahoma’s season opener against Houston, Bledsoe consumed whey protein powder given to him by former teammate Abdul Adams.

Bledsoe regularly consumed protein powder dating back to high school, according to the motion. He ran out of powder in September 2016. Bledsoe didn’t have a car, so Adams gave Bledsoe a container of powder until Bledsoe bought a new one of his own.

Bledsoe took one serving of the borrowed powder, but didn’t use it again because “he didn’t like the flavor,” according to the motion. OU athletic director Joe Castiglione was notified Oct. 19, 2016, that Bledsoe had tested positive for a banned substance.

Bledsoe was “shocked.” He brought the protein powders and vitamins he had consumed to OU athletic trainer Scott Anderson. According to the motion, Anderson concluded that all of the supplements were clear of any NCAA banned substances.

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