Guard fulfills promise to sportswriter

Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damon Stoudamire took a drug test for a Portland newspaper columnist on Friday in an attempt to clear his name, the Oregonian reported Sunday.

As coach Maurice Cheeks held open the bathroom door, Stoudamire urinated in a cup, fulfilling an agreement he made five months ago with Oregonian columnist John Canzano. Last year, Stoudamire apologized to fans after being charged with possession of marijuana following a search at an airport.

"I did it because I have nothing to hide," Stoudamire told Canzano. "I didn't know you were going to test me [Friday]. You surprised me."

Stoudamire reportedly tested negative for five different drugs, including marijuana. According to the paper, marijuana can be detected if used up to 28 days prior to the test.

Stoudamire acknowledged that he expects to "catch hell" from the NBA Players Association over the unapproved test.

"If the [National Basketball Players Association] finds out that I took this test from someone other than their program, there is a likelihood that they'll be [ticked] off," Stoudamire told the paper. "If it comes to that point, I hope they understand that I wasn't trying to put a division between me and the players association. I did it because I had to do it for me."

"We haven't had a chance to talk to Damon," union spokesman Dan Wasserman said Monday. "In general, we don't think it's a good idea for players to engage in publicity driven freelance drug testing. We have a system in place with procedures and safeguards that should be adhered to and followed.

"It goes without saying that it's a violation of the collective bargaining agreement for any team personnel to have any role whatsoever in drug testing that falls outside of the collective bargaining agreement."

In baseball, the issues of steroids and testing have intensified amid hearings involving BALCO and star players Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi and Gary Sheffield. Sheffield recently told ESPN's Dan Patrick that he would agree to be tested, but the MLB Players Association would have to approve the test.