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Antwan Odom admits that he's facing a suspension

On Thursday, we confirmed a report from the blog known as Three-Way Chili that Bengals defensive end Antwan Odom is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s steroids policy.

Several hours later, Odom admitted that he is facing a suspension via his Twitter page. 

“To my fans and teammates: Please don’t believe the rumors,” Odom said.  “Yes I tested
positive for a banned substance
but it wasn’t steroids or PEDs.  More
details to come but for now it’s a league issue that’s under appeal. 
Just know that I would never cheat to gain an edge in this game that I
love.  Don’t lose your faith in me and please don’t pass judgement based
on vicious rumors until all the facts are known.  Thank you for all your
support  I really need it now.”

If it wasn’t a steroid or a PED, then it was a masking agent, like a diuretic.  Or it was something like the hormone for which Texans linebacker Brian Cushing tested positive, which is taken after a cycle of steroids to kick-start the body’s natural production of testosterone.

The details of Odom’s positive test have not yet been disclosed.  But we are committed to being skeptical in this regard, given that the league’s steroids policy allows the player to say whatever he wants, with the NFL unable to set the record straight.

Because the issue remains under appeal, Odom will be able to play on Sunday against the Patriots.  Typically, suspensions that will apply in a given week are announced by Tuesday of the week in question.

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27 Responses to “Antwan Odom admits that he's facing a suspension”
  1. cbrianwatkins says: Sep 10, 2010 10:16 AM

    If it wasn’t a steroid or a PED, then it was a masking agent, like a diuretic. Or it was something like the hormone for which Texans linebacker Brian Cushing tested positive, which is taken after a cycle of steroids to kick-start the body’s natural production of testosterone.
    ————————————————–
    ok so i guess the 30+ other SUPLIMENTS that contain banned substances are not a remote possibility?
    it WAS a masking agent or a hormone for sure right Florio?
    you’re making a BOLD assumption here hoss

  2. Kaz says: Sep 10, 2010 10:24 AM

    Odom suffered a serious illness (stomach virus) that caused him to drop 30 punds in 3 weeks during training camp. This was a big story around Cinci in early August. Maybe it had something to do with meds he was taking for that. Until he is suspended and appeal denied, we’ll see.

  3. FireJerryJones says: Sep 10, 2010 10:26 AM

    Jimmy Johnson’s EXTENZE.

  4. MK1 says: Sep 10, 2010 10:33 AM

    Hey Florio where is the contract breakdown of Woodson?

  5. ZombieRevolution says: Sep 10, 2010 10:33 AM

    “But we are committed to being skeptical in this regard, given that the league’s steroids policy allows the player to say whatever he wants…”
    As are your readers everytime you trot out a “league source” and hammer a players character/motivitation/etc. and don’t need to back it up with actual proof.

  6. drumbug71 says: Sep 10, 2010 10:37 AM

    Where are all the Bengals fans who jumped on Steelers’ posts and said “See? Pittsburgh is filled with rapists, wife beaters, and drug users.”
    Maybe now we should say that Cincy is full of steroid users, if that logic holds true….

  7. RedsDouche says: Sep 10, 2010 10:38 AM

    Yeah Mike, you’re making an awfully big assumption here. There are lots of other supplements out there that can make a player fail a drug test. How about you check out John Thornton’s blog. Allproblogger.com He explains on there how easy it is to fail a test given by the NFL. Don’t make such large assumptions before knowing facts Mike. Odom is a stand-up guy and I highly doubt he’d knowingly take anything illegal.

  8. odell says: Sep 10, 2010 10:41 AM

    Florio and pft hates the bengals so anytime negative news comes out they like to exploit it and leave the post up al day. However they have forgotten that he was out of camp for a few weeks due to a virus ever think he was taking medication to help fight the virus that may have contained a banned substance.. probably not but because its the bengals let’s jump to conclusions and say he was cheating and typical Bengal for all u other haters that are going to post on here in… wait for it….3..2…1…

  9. whodey1982 says: Sep 10, 2010 10:41 AM

    SUPLIMENTS???
    Your vocabulary needs steroids, LOL.
    Seriously, here’s my take. First, the people that were saying, ” No wonder he sacked Rodgers all those times,” that’s b.s. He probably took something, not to be bigger/faster/stronger, but to recover from his injury. Doesn’t make it that much better, but that’s how I see it.
    And to the steelers fans that will inevitably jump in here and talk ish…child please. After the offseason you guys just had, I’d probably bite my tongue. At least Odom isn’t THE FACE of our franchise..

  10. Goetta-Head says: Sep 10, 2010 10:42 AM

    I really hope the League does not suspend Odom. We really need him on the edge for the whole season.

  11. jm91rs says: Sep 10, 2010 10:43 AM

    If I’m not mistaken, Odom lost something like 30 lbs in a matter of weeks because a virus. Maybe he took something to try to get back to his normal weight?
    It would still be deserving of a suspension if he took something that had a banned substance in it, but I would think it might be as simple as that. An honest mistake where he took something he didn’t know would cause him to test positive.
    Hopefully it comes out that way, he takes his 4 games, clears his name and gets back to work.

  12. nothingman says: Sep 10, 2010 10:51 AM

    @cbrianwatkins
    The supplements contain banned substances which are, by nature, banned because they’re PED’s.
    So he can say “I tested positive for a banned substance but it wasn’t steroids or PEDs” but if he argues it was from a supplement that he took then it still contains a PED. That’s why it’s banned.
    Your proposal that he could have taken a banned substance and still not have taken a PED is incorrect. It’s possible he didn’t realize he was taking a PED because it was mixed in with some other compounds in an over-the-counter supplement, but that’s different than not taking a PED at all and in the end, irrelevant.
    The only other option, if it wasn’t a PED itself, was a masking agent used to try to hide steroid use or it could be an elevated hormone level (i.e. something that occurs naturally but is present in unusually high or low levels dues to steroid or other drug use).

  13. JoeSchmoe says: Sep 10, 2010 10:51 AM

    Odom is a pretty quiet dude overall and a family man by all counts so being a “good guy” it’s seemingly out of character for him but not impossible to be true. Crazier things have happened.
    And yes, he was battling a stomach virus that caused him to lose 30 lbs so he was probably on something to get his weight back up…
    That said, why isn’t it on the training staff to make sure he’s taking the right stuff – NOT BANNED STUFF??? …wait, we ARE talking about the Cincy training staff here. As much as this is my team, I sure wish they’d up the ante on a quality training staff. Thanks Mikey! Short change an area that will impact your team and your wallet (see: Antonio Bryant suit)

  14. wryly1 says: Sep 10, 2010 10:52 AM

    Bottom line on all this stuff is that no player who isn’t dumber that a hoe handle should be getting caught not knowing what they put in their body.
    Your making millions as a professional athlete. You body is your tool box – and you know your the league has a testing program. Hellooooo!!!

  15. Maddog says: Sep 10, 2010 10:56 AM

    Bengals fans in here defending him already. Priceless. I wonder if they’d be giving the benefit of the doubt to a Ravens player right now.

  16. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Sep 10, 2010 11:10 AM

    ok so i guess the 30+ other SUPLIMENTS that contain banned substances are not a remote possibility?
    it WAS a masking agent or a hormone for sure right Florio?
    you’re making a BOLD assumption here hoss
    _________________
    Heh. What are the banned compounds in those suplements? PEDs, Diuretics and masking agents.

  17. jecates says: Sep 10, 2010 11:22 AM

    What Florio is saying is there are four categories of banned substances: PEDs, Steroids, Masking Agents, and Hormones. If Odom didn’t test positive for something in the first two categories, but did test positive for something for a banned substance, it must be one of the latter two categories. That’s not an assumption, that solid logic:
    All snarkles are red, white, or blue
    Stubby is a snarkle
    Stubby is not red or white
    What color is Stubby?
    Answer – Blue. That’s not an assumption, that’s a fact.
    And for all the morons saying “what about supplements” (usually misspelled), that’s the delivery method, not the substance. A supplement that contains a diuretic that is banned would fall into the category of masking agent. The supplement isn’t banned, but one of its ingredients is. Supplements are not categorically considered abuse by the league – the policy clearly identifies those which are known to contain banned substances, and it may be one of those, but as Florio said, players can say what they want.
    I find it somewhat suspicious, at the least, for Odom to say what it WASN’T but not come clean with what it WAS.

  18. RedsDouche says: Sep 10, 2010 11:30 AM

    According to other NFL players, if your piss is TOO CLEAN then you can fail the test for suspicion of drinking too much water to flush your system. Or if you take too much cough medicine, you can fail it. It’s not only PEDS or masking agents that result in failed tests here boys. Lets be realistic.

  19. cbrianwatkins says: Sep 10, 2010 12:01 PM

    i apologize for my mispelled word, i was rushing to a meeting at work, please forgive…….at any rate
    a very reliable source has told me it was a masking agent
    and a even more reliable source tells me a very popular NFL player plans to post Florio’s personal cell phone number on his twitter page today at 5pm EST………..thats gonna be HYSTERICAL
    i think my point i was trying to make to Florio, was that his blog-post about this made it seem as if said player was intentionally taking something, which i firmly believe to be false
    can’t wait for Florio’s phone to blow up today!!!

  20. Actlikea2yrold says: Sep 10, 2010 12:03 PM

    It dont matter, Cincy is deep with talent, 4 games down the road, we will just be hitting the stride, take a break Odom.

  21. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Sep 10, 2010 12:16 PM

    RedsDouche says:
    September 10, 2010 11:30 AM
    According to other NFL players, if your piss is TOO CLEAN then you can fail the test for suspicion of drinking too much water to flush your system. Or if you take too much cough medicine, you can fail it. It’s not only PEDS or masking agents that result in failed tests here boys. Lets be realistic.
    ________________
    And let’s be realistic. If a guy has decided that he’s going to cheat the system by taking a PED, chances are he isn’t going to have qualms about lying to cover it up after the fact.

  22. Kirmie says: Sep 10, 2010 12:16 PM

    cbrianwatkins: Hopefully that was SARCASM.

  23. SBH says: Sep 10, 2010 12:44 PM

    @FireJerryJones
    Excellent work, sir.
    They don’t call him Antwan “Smilin’ Bob” Odom for nothing!

  24. WhoPlaysWhere says: Sep 10, 2010 12:54 PM

    Word on the street is that he was taking a low dose steriod to recover from his illness and it showed up on the test. The low dose prescription was legal by all account, and the doctor who prescribed the drug is listed in the appeal. The NFL does not have a disclosure on the front end of a drug screening, only an appeal process on the back end.

  25. RedsDouche says: Sep 10, 2010 1:09 PM

    EverybodyGotAIDS says:
    September 10, 2010 12:16 PM
    RedsDouche says:
    September 10, 2010 11:30 AM
    According to other NFL players, if your piss is TOO CLEAN then you can fail the test for suspicion of drinking too much water to flush your system. Or if you take too much cough medicine, you can fail it. It’s not only PEDS or masking agents that result in failed tests here boys. Lets be realistic.
    ________________
    And let’s be realistic. If a guy has decided that he’s going to cheat the system by taking a PED, chances are he isn’t going to have qualms about lying to cover it up after the fact.
    ———————————————-
    Maybe it wasn’t intentional. Odom is a class guy. He doesn’t seem the type to want to cheat. I could be wrong but I just don’t see him doing it intentionally.

  26. Spungy says: Sep 10, 2010 2:09 PM

    “SUPLIMENTS???
    Your vocabulary needs steroids, LOL.
    Seriously, here’s my take. First, the people that were saying, ” No wonder he sacked Rodgers all those times,” that’s b.s. He probably took something, not to be bigger/faster/strong er, but to recover from his injury. Doesn’t make it that much better, but that’s how I see it.
    And to the steelers fans that will inevitably jump in here and talk ish…child please. After the offseason you guys just had, I’d probably bite my tongue. At least Odom isn’t THE FACE of our franchise..”
    Well, he was until yesterday, LOL! He had been the picture at the top of Bengals.com for months. Now it has Rey Rey holding the “We believe” sign.

  27. blahblahblah says: Sep 10, 2010 4:28 PM

    Stick this in your ASSumption pal:
    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81a67f58/article/bengals-de-odom-to-play-while-appealing-positive-test?module=HP_headlines
    Since you probably won’t be able to read this, it was not a masking agent, steroid, or anything performance enhancing. It was a prescription for an undisclosed illness. I just wonder what your assumptions would have been if this was a player on one of the NFL “golden child” franchises.
    THE BENGALS ARE THE RODNEY DANGERFIELDS OF THE NFL!!!!

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