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McRath blames supplement, complains about "frustrating" appeals

Titans linebacker Gerald McRath has been suspended four games for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, and in acknowledging the suspension today he did what most players do in the same situation:  He blamed a tainted supplement and complained about the league’s appeals process.

The process is just frustrating because you look to yourself and you’re like, ‘Man, I’m not that type of person.’  No, I didn’t cheat.  But at the same time, you’re in the NFL now so you’re a professional,” McRath said.  “I withdrew my appeal because I’m getting older.  I’ve got to take responsibility.”

McRath said he isn’t sure what he took but is sure that it was a tainted supplement.

“I take a number of supplements, but it was something that I took,” McRath said.  “In actuality, it’s still my responsibility.”

McRath is right about that:  It is his responsibility to know what he’s taking, and the policy he’s suspended under is the policy that he and his fellow players agreed to.  He can insist he didn’t cheat all he wants, but according to league rules, he did.

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15 Responses to “McRath blames supplement, complains about "frustrating" appeals”
  1. RJK says: Jun 14, 2010 7:21 PM

    at least he’s handling this like an adult and not a lying little kid like a certain cheating LB i know

  2. John El Way says: Jun 14, 2010 7:45 PM

    “McRath said he isn’t sure what he took”
    are you 5 years old?

  3. Smoking Joe says: Jun 14, 2010 8:08 PM

    WOW, the biqueens need to bring this guy in. He could teach the roid wall how to man up. Instead of being cowards and hiding behind a homer judge.

  4. robert ethen says: Jun 14, 2010 8:11 PM

    McRath is frustrated because he takes a number of supplements and not all of them are illegal.

  5. digitalbath says: Jun 14, 2010 8:22 PM

    alot of these substances are ok on thier own but mixed can trigger a dirty piss,all kinds of crazy stuff can happen when you take multiple supplements at same time

  6. billsrock1212 says: Jun 14, 2010 8:36 PM

    For some reason I find this guy more believable than the others.

  7. shaggeez says: Jun 14, 2010 8:37 PM

    better than citing deadly tumors or whatever that texans loser was spouting off

  8. JimmySmith says: Jun 14, 2010 9:02 PM

    Too bad he doesn’t play for the Vikings, they would take it to state court and hide behind the skirt of a season ticket holding judge.

  9. rjgreen3 says: Jun 14, 2010 9:16 PM

    what did he pop positive for? tell us that and then go from there. it is hard to believe that other makers of supplements are adding ingredients that are not on the label! starcaps has enough problems with lawsuits to make everyone else afraid to try that stuff again! the players may eventually get suspended but they will get all lost money back from companies with mislabled products!

  10. ben.there says: Jun 14, 2010 9:58 PM

    He didn’t man up, he denied taking anything prohibited. He obviously did take something prohibited. Just another liar.

  11. wxwax says: Jun 15, 2010 12:08 AM

    Look at all the slack you’re cutting McGrath.
    You seem willing to take him at his word that he took some “supplement” and didn’t deliberately take PED’s.
    One wonders how you came into possession of such miraculous knowledge.
    Meanwhile, doubtless because you’re gifted with special insight, you know that Cushing was lying and you trashed him several times a day.
    Golly, you could make a lot of money with your truth-detecting skills.

  12. heysharpshooter says: Jun 15, 2010 12:49 AM

    PFT definatley had it out for Cushing… they cut a lot of other guys slack.
    I don’t care about sterioids in the NFL anyway… it doesn’t even help them much. Look at McGrath, a back up linebacker. David Vabora? A back-up linebacker.
    Even if Cushing was doing roids(and probably was), they clearly didn’t make him the player he is. Julius Peppers is still a beast, and he was jucing early in his career as well. Merriman had double digit sacks a year off roids too.

  13. PULL&SEAL says: Jun 15, 2010 7:14 AM

    McRath is right about that: It is his responsibility to know what he’s taking, and the policy he’s suspended under is the policy that he and his fellow players agreed to. He can insist he didn’t cheat all he wants, but according to league rules, he did.
    I thought the league was supposed to hold your hand, and notify you of every supplement under the sun containing a banned substance. That’s the Williams wall’s arguement isn’t it?

  14. NoseBleedFan says: Jun 15, 2010 7:42 AM

    Way to “man-up” McRath…How refreshing with all the other cheaters playing dumb.

  15. joy_buster says: Jun 15, 2010 8:17 PM

    Ya way to man up bro, I’m sorry too, for that stock Pyramid scheme can I get off on time served.
    Thinking of a way out, just like you.
    Bernie Madoff

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