Kobe Bryant blew up in the second half of the US’s quarterfinals win over Australia on Wednesday scoring all 20 points after intermission. What was his reward for the stellar performance? A drug test.
Marc Berman of the New York Post reported on Friday morning that Bryant was chosen to take the mandatory random drug test after the game and was unable to ride back to the hotel with his teammates.
Bryant confirmed after the US’s semifinals win over Argentina that he was selected for the drug test the previous game.
“That was not cool,” Bryant told NBC’s Craig Sager. “I didn’t have to go, so I had to sit around for a couple hours until I had to go. I probably drank about 10 bottles of water.”
The good news is that after Wednesday’s drug test, Bryant may be off the hook for future tests.
“It’s not my test tonight,” said Bryant, “so I’m good.”
Before the Olympics began, Grant Hill said the members of 1996 Olympics team tried avoiding being the leading scorer so they wouldn’t have to be drug tested. Now we understand why. But as we’ve learned, the real enemy at the Olympics in terms of drug tests aren’t PEDs, but this.