IOC: Local Olympian disqualified after failing drug test
Delpopolo at Albany International Airport, before departing to London for the Olympics.
LONDON -- U.S. Olympic judoka Nick Delpopolo was kicked out of the games Monday after failing a drug test.
Olympic officials say Delpopolo tested positive for marijuana.
The 23-year old, who currently lives in Amsterdam and was a graduate of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central High School, says he did not smoke marijuana and unknowingly ate a baked item that contained the plant.
Delpopolo placed seventh in his judo match last week but, with the positive test result, his standing was disqualified.
In a statement, Delpopolo apologized to his team and fans, saying he was embarrassed and calling the infraction a "mistake".