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Stephenson blames suspension on unspecified prescription medication

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The NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy continues to ensnare anyone but cheaters.

The latest player to be suspended, Chiefs tackle Donald Stephenson, has become the latest to offer up an excuse unrelated to the intentional ingestion of a substance aimed at enhancing performance.

“”I’’m extremely sorry that I failed to check with the NFL, NFLPA, or Chiefs medical team before I took a medication that requires a therapeutic use exemption,” Stephenson said in a statement issued by the NFLPA.  “The rules are strict, and without at TUE, the consequence is a four game suspension.  I apologize to the Hunt family, John Dorsey, Coach Reid and his staff, my teammates, and our awesome Chiefs fans.  It is not a mistake I will ever make again.  I will train extremely hard during my time away from the team, and I will be ready to contribute to my team’s effort to win a Super Bowl as soon as I return.””

Stephenson doesn’t say that he had a prescription for the medication that he took.  He also doesn’t specify whether the medication is a stimulant or something that would help build muscle mass or speed recovery from injury.

For the Chiefs, it doesn’t matter.  For the second straight Friday, they’ve lost an offensive starter to a suspension.  (Last week, it was receiver Dwayne Bowe for one game under the substance-abuse policy.)  They’ll also be required, by league policy, to pay a share of Stephenson’s lost salary to the league in the form of a fine, since he becomes the second Chiefs player to be suspended this year.

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17 Responses to “Stephenson blames suspension on unspecified prescription medication”
  1. kingokra says: Aug 22, 2014 3:18 PM

    I blame it on unicorns. These guys come up with the lamest excuses.

  2. 4grammarpolice says: Aug 22, 2014 3:19 PM

    (Nelson Muntz voice): Ha Ha!

  3. rgtre10 says: Aug 22, 2014 3:19 PM

    Sounds just like the guy who finds GOD after he’s sent to prison for awhile…I have no sympothy for any player who fails these test, however, some of these drugs which are ok for everyday folks like us seems to be a reach…I have allergies and from what i gather i’d be banned for taking allergy medication based on what has been banned and what players state they have taken.

  4. bmoreb says: Aug 22, 2014 3:21 PM

    How do these guys not carry a cheat sheet to share with their respective doctors is beyond me.

    It’s real simple:

    Player: “Doc, check this out. Any of these, in that ?”

    Doctor: “Well, let’s take a look.”

  5. revansrevenant says: Aug 22, 2014 3:24 PM

    The NFL’s testing policy seems unnecessarily strict. Of course, the NFLPA did agree to it in the CBA, so there is that.

  6. ariani1985 says: Aug 22, 2014 3:36 PM

    Seattle on every incoming phone line available!

  7. reesesteel23 says: Aug 22, 2014 3:55 PM

    bmoreb

    People that get caught weren’t ever meant to get caught. Its not that easy because they know what they’re are putting in their bodies is against the rules to begin with

  8. afcdomination says: Aug 22, 2014 3:56 PM

    they also lost starter joe mays to injury for 6 weeks, its tough.

    Ryan Harris is a fine replacement. really solid player. but Stephenson was a fisher insurance play. now? Fisher better be healthy

  9. reesesteel23 says: Aug 22, 2014 3:56 PM

    they’re are….doh!

  10. archibaldnemesis says: Aug 22, 2014 4:11 PM

    is a 4 game suspension mandatory for peds? because if not, this couldn’t be his first offense making his comments hard to believe.

  11. themeccalambeaufield says: Aug 22, 2014 4:23 PM

    Do these guys really believe everyone is that stupid? To get a 4 game suspension he had to been caught twice before. I wish someone would ask what those failed tests involved. Its just sad that no one can take accountability for their screw-ups.

  12. cartire says: Aug 22, 2014 4:40 PM

    HAHAHA, SEATTLE JOKES. HOW… irrelevant.

    Also, Im pretty sure that the majority of these Athletes utilize team doctors for everything. So I think its pretty ridiculous for anyone to believe a team doctor would prescribe anything at all that was on the ban substance list….

    …or any doctor at all that has knowledge that his patient is an NFL player (they all do).

  13. tigershark0052 says: Aug 22, 2014 5:04 PM

    Cheater! !!!

  14. Mick LeGrande says: Aug 22, 2014 5:10 PM

    He should have been captured on camera beating up his girlfriend.

    That’s only worth a 2 game suspension.

  15. The Steelers are Marching and the world cowers. The three rivers were made from your tears, and we build boats. We build lots of boats. We walk beside pristine trophy cases and engraved gold. They say it's lonely at the top, but we sure like the view says: Aug 22, 2014 5:11 PM

    Notice how when a Steeler gets in trouble it’s always for non-violent incidents and NEVER involves PEDs. Everyone else goes around shooting steroids, beating wives, running over people, etc. Say what you want but that’s no coincidence. We have some of the highest character guys in the league. A couple of kids smoking a little weed doesn’t change that.

  16. notthetroll says: Aug 22, 2014 5:48 PM

    Notice how when a Steeler gets in trouble it’s always for non-violent incidents and NEVER involves PEDs. Everyone else goes around shooting steroids, beating wives, running over people, etc. Say what you want but that’s no coincidence. We have some of the highest character guys in the league. A couple of kids smoking a little weed doesn’t change that.

    When was rape changed to a “non-violent incident”
    Ben will be relieved

  17. bobnelsonjr says: Aug 22, 2014 10:18 PM

    Who bet the field this morning on suspensions?

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