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Last updated on Thursday, December 18, 2008
(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) - Former Indiana University guard Eric Gordon says drug use among players caused a rift that led to the Hoosiers’ late-season collapse last February.
Gordon tells The Indianapolis Star that the players using drugs separated themselves from other team members.
He did not name names, but Gordon did say that DJ White and two others who are still on the team are among those who were not using drugs.
Gordon says head coach Kelvin Sampson tried to stop the drug use. Sampson was in the middle of a recruiting scandal that led to his resignation last February.
The Hoosiers won 17 of their first 18 games last season despite the cloud hanging over Sampson. Follwing Sampson's resignation, the Hoosiers lost two of their last five regular season games before dropping their opening games in the Big Ten tournament and the NCAA tournament.
Gordon left IU after one year and currently plays in the NBA for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Current Indiana Head Coach Tom Crean and Athletic Department Spokesman JD Campbell declined comment on The Star's story, citing privacy laws.
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