After scoring twice against São Paulo in round 36 of the Brasileiro, Botafogo’s match-winning forward was on a high – quite literally as it turned it. A lucrative contract with Cruzeiro was all but signed and the 21-year-old’s career was set to take off. But following anti-doping tests after the games against Coritiba on November 8th and Palmeiras just under a month later, Jobson tested positive for cocaine and could be kicked out of the profession.
The player, though, has said that he used the drug just once. This came in night of celebration after the game vs São Paulo. After scoring the winning goal, Jobson was red-carded for taking his shirt off and knew he’d miss Botafogo’s next match. “I was out of the game [vs Atlético Paranaense] and I ended up using [cocaine] but it was only that time. Of course, I have to be punished, but not like everyone is saying. I shouldn’t be banned, or prevented from playing. The only thing I know to do is play football”.
Jobson’s fate will be decided by a sport’s tribunal in January.