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Mike Neal says suspension was caused by a technicality

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Packers defensive end Mike Neal lost the appeal of his four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances, but his adamant that he wasn’t suspended for taking a performance-enhancing drug.

Neal told Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin that he was suspended because of a technicality in the rules, not because he took steroids or human growth hormone. Neal claims he took medicine prescribed by a doctor and didn’t realize that, under the rules of the policy, he had to turn details of the prescription to the Packers. Under the terms of the policy, players can take medication containing otherwise banned substances as long as they have proper documentation.

The NFL did not get back to a message from Imig about Neal’s contention.

None of that changes the fact that Neal will be suspended for the first four games of next season. As mentioned up top, he lost his appeal and that means the Packers will plan for life without Neal.

If they find enough talent on the defensive line in his absence, Neal, who has been injured and disappointing since coming to the team as a second-round pick in 2009, might find it hard to work his way back into the rotation.

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29 Responses to “Mike Neal says suspension was caused by a technicality”
  1. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 27, 2012 4:12 PM

    Aren’t they all? You know cuz no one does PED’s in the NFL right?

  2. uwsptke says: Mar 27, 2012 4:23 PM

    If I had to bet, it would be that he was suspended for an ADHD medication. It seems to fit the other clues. In the article that included quotes by his mother, she was adamant that it wasn’t a PED, and that “what he has is very common.”

  3. granadafan says: Mar 27, 2012 4:32 PM

    It’s always a “switched sample”, lab error, having a tumor, working out too hard, or technicalities. The lies these players and their agents tell is just hilarious.

  4. textexington says: Mar 27, 2012 4:35 PM

    Ryan Braun won his appeal.BOOOOOOOYAH!

  5. minkey1 says: Mar 27, 2012 4:38 PM

    Regarding your handle. How do you figure? Who’s won more Championships and Super Bowls?

    Regarding the alltime record… the Packers are nearing the breaking point to eclipse the Bears on that one too!

  6. clayjayhawk says: Mar 27, 2012 4:39 PM

    Let’s just bring back Dave Tollefson and chalk the mike Neal experience up as a loss.

  7. lombardihero says: Mar 27, 2012 4:43 PM

    Mike Neal is saying that he had a prescription from a Doctor for the substance he was suspended for?

    Okay and he turned all this proof into the league office after he was suspended and prior to a his appeal ruling and they still did not reduce the suspension or take his documentation as a mistake overlooked and not turned in prior to him taking it?

    What difference would that make as long as a Doctor actually prescribed for a treatment you had to have?

    Mike Neal is claiming the league ignored a Medical Doctors orders regardless that the correct information was provided to them regardless the date provided.

    What is the NFLPA for? If this was the case they would be all over this……

    Either Mike Neal is so full of sh*** Or someone in the league office has lost there mind.

  8. axespray says: Mar 27, 2012 4:47 PM

    just say scarecrow got you with his poison mist and batman saved you…. I’m sure Goodell would believe it.

  9. emoney826 says: Mar 27, 2012 4:51 PM

    Who cares! Neal would have found a way to get injured for the first 4 games of the season anyway.

  10. bagadeez04 says: Mar 27, 2012 5:00 PM

    Neal is an injury waiting to happen weather he’s active (rare), on IR (his favorite place), or suspended.

  11. packeye says: Mar 27, 2012 5:01 PM

    lombardihero echoed me perfectly. We either have a dlineman full of horses#!t , or this PED system is really screwed up. It simply comes down to that.

  12. dv5454 says: Mar 27, 2012 5:04 PM

    I bleed Packer green and gold. Reading his quotes from last season, he took no accountability for his play. Couple that with his injury history and now the suspension hanging over the organization and I wouldn’t be surprised – or disappointed – if Mike Neal becomes an ex-Packer before too long.

  13. skolvikesskol says: Mar 27, 2012 5:05 PM

    Viking fan here and even i think this is bs… Let em play!

  14. hrmlss says: Mar 27, 2012 5:07 PM

    What’s scary is he was on a PED, and still sucked. How bad will he be without it?

  15. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 27, 2012 5:11 PM

    The technicality is that ingesting massive amounts of steroids and HGH is against the rules, and getting caught results in suspension.

    “Dang, they should make the print bigger…who reads all the little details, anyway?”.

  16. packersfreak says: Mar 27, 2012 5:14 PM

    “might find it hard to work his way back into the rotation”

    That implies he was in the rotation to begin with. Which he barely has been. Seems like a nice guy, hope he gets it turned around.

  17. racksie says: Mar 27, 2012 5:18 PM

    Oh, my. Another cheeseneck, claiming a technicality. Who knew.

  18. ddjesus says: Mar 27, 2012 5:18 PM

    Eh. Seems believable, but he did break the rules, so I’m not complaining on his behalf.

  19. jbarr1 says: Mar 27, 2012 5:24 PM

    The technicallity being that Justin Neal is being paid as a NFL player

  20. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 27, 2012 5:25 PM

    textexington says:Mar 27, 2012 4:35 PM

    Ryan Braun won his appeal.BOOOOOOOYAH!

    And Aaron Rodgers loves cheaters.

  21. contra74 says: Mar 27, 2012 5:29 PM

    yea yea, not your fault, everyone understands. Sure thing boss! Same thing with Starcaps right? Just take your medicine (pun definitely intended) and shut up!

  22. jimnsota says: Mar 27, 2012 5:35 PM

    Smokin weed smokin weed

  23. artvan15 says: Mar 27, 2012 5:35 PM

    Might as well get rid of him!!! It will take him another 8 games after this to shake the rust off ….that is if he doesn’t hurt himself hitting the tackle dummy in practice.

  24. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Mar 27, 2012 5:41 PM

    Johnny Jolly thinks this is a load of cr@p!

  25. lombardihero says: Mar 27, 2012 5:47 PM

    Come on Mike Neal is not telling us something….

    An appeals board is going to take his evidence his documentation and follow up on it before making a ruling that his drug test came up Negative was the cause of missed paper work.

    4 games for a paper work violation? are you kidding me? an appeals board that would have this information in front of them that he just forgot to turn in paper work to support his pee test was blown by a prescribed medicine.

    And the appeals board did not reduce this to just a game or two?

    Someone is lying through there teeth Mr Neal.

  26. stellarperformance says: Mar 27, 2012 5:51 PM

    After watching this guy since the day he arrived, I can assure you he isn’t taking anything that enhances performances.

  27. chris6523 says: Mar 27, 2012 5:54 PM

    The chances of Mike Neal ending up on PUP or the IR just decreased by 25%. I believe Justin Harrell is a street free agent. LOL

  28. zappa69 says: Mar 27, 2012 5:54 PM

    But but but but…starcaps

  29. applecool1981 says: Mar 28, 2012 8:39 AM

    textexington says: Mar 27, 2012 4:35 PM

    “Ryan Braun won his appeal.BOOOOOOOYAH!”

    No one wins appeals with Goodell in charge. As we speak, he’s trying to conjure up a way to help MLB overturn Braun’s successful appeal.

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