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Lane Johnson on PED appeal: “Eight hours of bickering”

Philadelphia Eagles' Halapoulivaati Vaitai, left, and Lane Johnson wait for their next drill during practice at the team's NFL football training facility in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) AP

The Eagles lost a game, and probably their right tackle for most of the rest of the season.

Perhaps that’s why Eagles tackle Lane Johnson was the last guy getting dressed, taking his time as if he knows what’s coming. He appealed his 10-game suspension for a second violation of the league’s PED policy last week, and a decision is expected later this week.

It was eight hours of bickering back and forth and discussing league policy,” Johnson said, via Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com.. “It just felt good going in there and taking it head on. It was mainly just a conversation on the policy [the NFL has] in place. It didn’t have to do with any substances, mainly just changing the testing procedures.”

Johnson didn’t get into the specifics of his challenge, and said he let his lawyers do most of the talking. He failed a test after taking a supplement which included banned peptides, though they were not on the label of the product he took.

“We put it all on the floor,” Johnson said. “We didn’t have anything to hide. I feel like we did all we could. There wasn’t a stone left unturned.

“Man, the thing was, just face it head on. We weren’t going to be intimidated by the NFL.”

Johnson’s suspension was reported during training camp, leaving him in limbo for the first four regular-season games. But if his suspension is upheld at its current length, he wouldn’t be able to return to the team until Dec. 22.

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19 Responses to “Lane Johnson on PED appeal: “Eight hours of bickering””
  1. amishcowboy says: Oct 10, 2016 6:58 AM

    This Cheater needs to be Suspended, it has dragged on for to long

  2. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Oct 10, 2016 8:01 AM

    Hard to feel sorry for guys like Lane or Ninko who take something before they fully understand what’s in it. You know the league is out to nail you on these supplements.

  3. xxsweepthelegxx says: Oct 10, 2016 8:12 AM

    “He failed a test after taking a supplement which included banned peptides, though they were not on the label of the product he took.”

    There’s got to be more to this story because based on the above, how in the heck is a player supposed to know that? Seems like an issue with both the product/distribution personnel as well as NFL procedure. Just doesn’t make sense. Suspend a player because he should know what’s NOT listed on the label? Given the NFLs player discipline that wouldn’t surprise me though.

  4. fordman84 says: Oct 10, 2016 8:15 AM

    Rules are clear. Keep it at 10 games. He’s a habitual cheater

  5. bathroombenlovemachine says: Oct 10, 2016 8:16 AM

    Eagles are a team of cheaters that still has no Super Bowl Rings

  6. therealtrenches says: Oct 10, 2016 8:54 AM

    The absolute least you could do is name the author whose text and observations you’re stealing. Only a handful of words here are your own, Gantt. You should be ashamed.

  7. JSpicoli says: Oct 10, 2016 10:02 AM

    Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.

    Take that to the bank

  8. dietrich43 says: Oct 10, 2016 10:21 AM

    I’m still surprised that a company hasn’t partnered with the NFLPA to produce supplements that are ‘guaranteed’ to be free of banned substances. Throw in a rigorous QA/QC testing program, with batch and lot number tracking, and maybe ship it directly to the player with tamper-proof seals. Even offer an insurance policy that covers the player’s salary during the suspension, if independent testing reveals their product was contaminated.

  9. markybenn9 says: Oct 10, 2016 10:42 AM

    Eagles all hopped up on Mountain Dew (banned)

  10. bizzmoneyb says: Oct 10, 2016 10:43 AM

    i dont understand the simplicity of just saying “well he has to be responsible for what he puts in his body.” if a player buys a product from a reputable store, and reads every ingredient on the label and it does not list anything banned, and even supposedly has the NFLPA say it is ok, what more can he do?!!!

    hire a chemist to breakdown and report every single thing in the supplement?! along with everything else that he ingests?!!

    how about the NFL take some of the Billions that it makes every year, go out and purchase every workout supplement that it can find that are sold at reputable stores and distributors, chemcialy test THEM ALL, then make a list of which ones contain unlabeled banned ingredients.

    its like me getting fired because i failed a drug test because there was GHP in my Gatorade. i guess i would be irresponsible for not knowing what i put in my body?

  11. eaglesw00t says: Oct 10, 2016 10:43 AM

    I don’t understand some of you people. He tested positive for peptides, which are used to cover up the use of HGH.

    The thing is…the NFL ISNT TESTING FOR HGH!!

    Why would he cover up usage of something that the NFL isn’t even testing for? It is ludicrous.

    And his first suspension was for Adderall, which he currently has a legal prescription for, as he has ADD. So you people calling him a habitual cheater are simply haters. Lighten up.

  12. ajlounajloun says: Oct 10, 2016 11:10 AM

    how about the NFL do your job and provide the players list of banned substances and update this list every week.

  13. atwatercrushesokoye says: Oct 10, 2016 11:17 AM

    eaglesw00t says:
    Oct 10, 2016 10:43 AM
    I don’t understand some of you people. He tested positive for peptides, which are used to cover up the use of HGH.

    The thing is…the NFL ISNT TESTING FOR HGH!!

    Why would he cover up usage of something that the NFL isn’t even testing for? It is ludicrous.

    And his first suspension was for Adderall, which he currently has a legal prescription for, as he has ADD. So you people calling him a habitual cheater are simply haters. Lighten up.

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    The NFL has been testing for hgh since 2014. So your claims that they don’t are incorrect.

    Did he have a valid Adderall prescription when he was suspended for it? Of course not, or he wouldn’t have been suspended. It should also be mentioned that Adderall is used as a masking agent, and that the NFL wasn’t commenting on what players were or were not suspended for, so there was a huge spike in players who were suspended for Adderall.

    I’m not saying he’s 100% guilty, but your claims are incorrect.

  14. scrappler says: Oct 10, 2016 12:07 PM

    who know what really happened with this incident. he could be a cheater, he could not be.

    i think the real meat of the issue is whether he is a 2nd time offender or not.

    his first offense was for adderall, which is not a banned or PED substance anymore. should that still count?

  15. scrappler says: Oct 10, 2016 12:14 PM

    atwatercrushesokoye says:
    Oct 10, 2016 11:17 AM

    It should also be mentioned that Adderall is used as a masking agent, and that the NFL wasn’t commenting on what players were or were not suspended for, so there was a huge spike in players who were suspended for Adderall.

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    there is no science to back the claim that adderall can be used as a masking agent or that folks are actually using it in that way.

    adderall can have a diuretic effect so there is speculation that it could “dilute” metabolites in your pee. but then again, so could other diuretics. like coffee.

    what’s really happening is that since the nfl cannot (due to HIPAA) release what substance was actually found, players have been claiming it was adderall to avoid stigma.

    maybe lane didn’t test positive for adderall at all. maybe that’s why it’s no longer on the banned list.

    it certainly wouldn’t be taken off the banned list if it really was a masking agent.

  16. Youknowimright says: Oct 10, 2016 4:36 PM

    Is it me or do the eagles play by different rules. Never have I seen a guy caught cheating, and for a second time no less, and have it drag out this long. Bradham beats up a cabana boy and then gets caught with a gun in the airport and not a word of suspension. These guys need to be suspended. Period. Stop the nonsense.

  17. ski says: Oct 10, 2016 4:46 PM

    For those who brought up Adderall, Adderall is an amphetamine. Like methamphetamine. Sure, it has a medicinal purpose. But, if you have ADHD in the NFL, you still cannot be prescribed this.

    For people that don’t have ADHD, Adderall is a stimulant. It can improve focus and concentration. It would be the modern day equivalent of “greenies” which were prevalent in sports in the 70’s and 80’s.

    So yeah, it’s a PED. It’s not hard to go to a doctor and tell them you have trouble focusing. It’s not something easily proven.

  18. scrappler says: Oct 11, 2016 9:48 AM

    ski says:
    Oct 10, 2016 4:46 PM

    For those who brought up Adderall, Adderall is an amphetamine. Like methamphetamine. Sure, it has a medicinal purpose. But, if you have ADHD in the NFL, you still cannot be prescribed this.

    For people that don’t have ADHD, Adderall is a stimulant. It can improve focus and concentration. It would be the modern day equivalent of “greenies” which were prevalent in sports in the 70’s and 80’s.

    So yeah, it’s a PED. It’s not hard to go to a doctor and tell them you have trouble focusing. It’s not something easily proven.

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    adderall is no longer a banned substance by the nfl. PED or otherwise.

  19. scrappler says: Oct 11, 2016 9:50 AM

    Youknowimright says:
    Oct 10, 2016 4:36 PM

    Is it me or do the eagles play by different rules. Never have I seen a guy caught cheating, and for a second time no less, and have it drag out this long. Bradham beats up a cabana boy and then gets caught with a gun in the airport and not a word of suspension. These guys need to be suspended. Period. Stop the nonsense.

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    ped suspensions are run by an independent arbitrator. if it’s dragging on, then there is something substantive they are talking about.

    are you implying that the arbitrator isn’t being impartial?

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