Looks like the Tampa Bay Bucs released David Boston from a contract. Boston, whose career maneuvered through steroid suspensions, and multiple injuries was arrested for public intox, after he was found sleeping at the wheel of his car, motor running. Boston seriously contended for a starting WR spot with the Bucs. Looks like he just ran a crossing pattern with the management who crossed him off the roster. (More from Tampa here and here)
The arrest video was made public on the Internet; we didn't see signs of alcohol intoxication from the player. Boston performed well on cerebellar tests (walking a straight line etc.), however he appeared a bit belligerent. We even thought the arresting cop behaved in an annoying way. We were right/wrong. Boston's urine contained a huge level of GHB, and thus he faces intox charges; there was no alcohol reported.
GHB is gaba-hydroxybutyric acid -- or Ecstasy -- is a GABA-related drug, sold as Xyrem, a drug for narcolepsy. GHB can be synthesized by your friendly neighborhood chemist for sale to bodybuilders, and ne'er-do-wells; the bodybuilder thinks it packs on muscle (by releasing growth hormone) the antisocial thinks the drug is a date-rape drug.
Interesting because GHB is not covered, according to sources, by the NFL's drug policy; however arrests for public intox are covered by the league's personal conduct policy.
According to published reports, Boston had 870 micrograms per milliliter of GHB in his urine. Cynthia Lewis-Younger, medical director for the Florida Poison Information Center in Tampa, told the Tampa Tribune that the amount is four times what one would expect to see in the urine of someone who received a prescribed, legitimate dose.
The drug is believed by some of to have bodybuilding properties, but that has not been proven. GHB is an illegal substance under law, but the NFL does not test for the drug, so it does not fall under the league’s substance abuse policy. Nevertheless, NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello said a violation of substance abuse law is a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy.
Agitation is frequent in GHB intoxication. An noted here:
Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry detected GHB in 12 of 40 patients with agitation, with serum levels of 108 to 422 mg/L and urine levels of 557 to 8221 mg/L. Of these 12 patients, 4 were also confirmed negative for stimulant co-intoxicants by toxicologic screen.
Fourteen presentations with agitation also included bizarre features (“doing somersaults,” “snapping lips and tongue, spastic type movements and bizarre behavior and speech,” “hugging trees, laying his head on the sidewalk,” “licking his own arms,” “climbing into a mailbox wearing fishnet thong, unsure why”) or self-injurious behaviors (“beating his head with his fist,” “threw himself against a wall”).
Boston's 870 mg/ml of GHB in urine places him in the spectrum mentioned above. His video behavior revealed no somersaults, however. Now he would appear to have plenty of time to practice the 'climb into mailbox wearing fishnet thong' competition.
Boston's wife is expecting child #2, so hope he cleans himself up.
Overall signs of impairment included erratic driving (severe lane travel, collisions, and near-collisions), slurred speech, disorientation, slow to react, shaking, agitation, unable to focus, poor coordination and balance, poor performance in field sobriety tests, somnolence, and unconsciousness. On only one occasion were other drugs present in the subject's blood (thiopental and diazepam), which may have contributed to the observed driving impairment. During several police interviews, the subject stated he was addicted to GHB and gamma-butyrolactone (GBL), and admitted to previously taking “RenewTrient“, “Dream On“, “V35“, “fitness supplements“, and/or “GBL“. During the same period as his DUI arrests, the subject had been admitted at least six times to different hospitals for GHB/GBL intoxications.