EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – In another strike against the New York Giants Reception Corps, Golden Tate was suspended for violating the NFL Performance Enhancer Policy for four games, he confirmed Saturday.
Those who said that the banned substance is a prescribed fertility drug, has filed an appeal for August 6 and a solution is expected before the start of the regular season, said league sources Adam Schefter of ESPN.
He has a legitimate case to win his appeal.
"Last April, in the off-season, my wife and I decided to visit a fertility planning specialist and I started the treatment prescribed to me and discovered it a few days later containing an ingredient that is on the league's banned substance list." Tate said in a statement. "I stopped using it right away, reported the situation to the independent NFL performance enhancer policy administrator, and talked to my trainers and general manager, and I did all this well before a failed test was even confirmed.
] "After the NFL protocol, an initial suspension was imminent, but I and the Giants organization are confident and eagerly await my appeal to leave this behind."
It might not be as easy as it Clearly, "players are responsible for what's in their body, and a positive test is not excused because a player did not know he was taking a banned substance."
That's the Giants Two receivers have already failed After Corey Coleman (ACL tore) and Sterling Shepard (broken thumb) were injured on the first day of the training camp on Thursday. [1 9659002] Coleman is likely to miss the entire 2019 season, while Shepard fails to do so on a weekly basis, with the opportunity to return in time for the season opener in six weeks.
Tate was the big offseason acquisition of the Giants after trading with Odell Beckham Jr. with the Cleveland Browns. Tate signed a $ 37.5 million four-year deal in March after completing his last season with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The veteran recipient spent most of his career with the Seattle Seahawks and the Detroit Lions. He has scored 611 career passes for 7,214 yards with 38 touchdowns, making the 2014 Pro Bowl his first Lions season.
Tates transition to the Giants had been pretty seamless. He is expected to play an important role in the production occupation Beckham has left.
"He has [the offense]," said coach Pat Shurmur on Friday. "He is ready to go."
During the suspension Tate can continue to practice with the Giants and play in preseason games.
"Business as usual," Shurmur said, adding that they learned about the failed test after Tate was signed and the receiver was honest with the team throughout the process. The Giants' Reception Corps currently consists of Cody Latimer, Russell Shepard, Bennie Fowler and Reggie White Jr., Alonzo Russell and rookie Darius Slayton, among others.
Slayton, a five-round goal this year, has a thigh injury.
General Manager Dave Gettleman said Friday the Giants would hold a workout for all on Saturday's receivers.
"We will do something," said Gettleman. [Tata] On Friday, Tate said the large receiver room had been "emptied" by the news of Coleman's injury.
While the Seattle Seahawks were deployed in 2013, Tate criticized two teammates who received suspensions for drug abuse abuses, which are referred to as "selfish."
"They influence much more than you do," Tate told 710 ESPN Radio. "I think that was some kind of selfish move by these two guys, but it's what it is, the show has to go on and we will." On Saturday, Tate said Prescribed medications had no "competitive advantage" and he was proud that he kept to the League's record during his 10 seasons.
"Throughout my 10-year career, I've been very proud to play this game in the right way, was an NFL ambassador and never had problems with the League's politics," Tate said. "The treatment last April had no effect on the coming season, and I had no effect and could not have done this treatment in April for a competitive advantage.
" I appreciate the support of the New York Giants Organization and will continue to do so Maintaining the highest degree of character and integrity while being a leader in the locker room. "