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.