Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson gets PED suspension

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The Panthers will be without a key member of their defensive line rotation for the next month.

The league announced that defensive end Charles Johnson was suspended four games for violating the policy on performance enhancing substances.

The suspension begins immediately, and he’ll be eligible to return for Week 17.

I accept full responsibility,” Johnson said in a statement released by the team. “I have been recovering from back surgery, dealing with the daily grind of football and mistakenly thought this could help. It was an error in judgement on my part. We have a special group here I wanted to be a part of and felt an obligation to do my part by getting back as soon as possible.

“I have always prided myself on being a person who does things the right way through hard work, dedication and sacrifice. I want to apologize to my team, Mr. Richardson and Panthers fans for this mistake. Regretfully I have disappointed people, but I promise to come back ready to redeem myself when this suspension is over.”

The 31-year-old Johnson has 67.5 sacks in his 11 seasons with the team, and has been a solid player against the run throughout his career. Now, the Panthers are a man short as they push for playoff position.

50 responses to “Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson gets PED suspension

  1. “Now, the Panthers are a man short as they push for playoff position.”

    He shouldn’t be allowed to play in the playoffs. Baseball players who are suspended for PEDs aren’t eligible for the playoffs even after their suspension ends.

  2. Not to pick on Johnson but 4 games is too little for PEDs. A first offense should be a year, a 2nd should be a permanent ban. Why? Because many newer studies have shown some benefits of PEDs can last in the body for 3-10yrs after taking, especially HGH (just when will Peyton, Clay, Neal, Peppers and Harrison sue Al Jazeera?). When will Fraudger aks for their phones or access to medical records?

    And don’t give me the “they never failed an HGH test” it was against rules but not tested for back then, so phones and medical data are needed. When will Fraudger ever even just ask Al Jazeera for a listen to the additional evidence (phone recordings etc) it said it had to back up it claims? So far all Fraudger did was (very belatedly) call the players (and explayer) in for a nice chat. Tainted.

  3. Honestly I would not mind if they used these substances with a doctors supervision, especially with injury recovery. Comparatively speaking, their bodies and brains will be damaged far more from the game of football than these sorts of drugs will do to them if used correctly rather than abused.

  4. This is disappointing to see. The Panthers have avoided PED issues for many years. I took pride in the fact that the Panthers didn’t have guys that would do that. Oh well.

  5. He “mistakenly thought it could help” … LOL , of course he knew it could help, that’s why he took it. Nice spin on the excuse for getting suspended too lol..Should be suspended for any playoff games too.

  6. owning up to it… Respect that
    being straight with fans and the team …Respect that.
    Not trying to pass they buck or blame doctor or somebody other than his self…PRICELESS

  7. Well he should take full responsibility, as it is 100% his fault. It’s not like 50 people contributed to it and he’s taking responsibility to deflect attention away from them.

  8. People make mistakes. Let’s hold off on the torches and pitch forks for every transgression. He broke a rule; he will serve his time; he doesn’t need additional punishment or public shaming.

  9. Satanic Hell Creature says:

    December 1, 2017 at 11:29 am

    He’s owning up to this, and taking full responsibility. I respect that.
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    We can agree on this….. so.. now
    Come to the side of the light my friend

  10. If it helps you recover from injury and it is under the supervision of a doctor, they should really allow these guys to take this stuff. It is a brutal sport.

  11. Satanic Hell Creature says:
    December 1, 2017 at 11:29 am
    He’s owning up to this, and taking full responsibility. I respect that.

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    He’s taking responsibility for something that he knew would get him suspended ?!?! LOL
     

  12. rideforjesus says: owning up to it… Respect that
    Satanic Hell Creature says: He’s owning up to this… I respect that.
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    No he didn’t guys! He didn’t “own up” to it at all, he simply got caught doing it. Owning up is when you voluntarily go and admit something when no one otherwise knew it was you. There is nothing to respect in Johnson’s case. Zilch.

  13. He’s not owning up to it.

    “I take full responsibility “

    But here are all my excuses and lies.

    Owning up to it would be, I took the PEDS because I wanted to get back on the field sooner

  14. “This team has a history of this remember the offensive line receiving shipment of steroids before they played the Patriots in the super bowl”

    That has nothing to do with it. Most of the current roster were all in elementary school when that happened. You think Big Cat is giving it a thumbs up?

  15. Maybe it’s time for the NFL to do a base testosterone level test when every player enters the league and they are allowed to maintain that level for their entire career.

    Any person (not playing in pro or college sport), who can afford it, can get HRT (hormone replacement therapy), basically low dose of steroids…so why not have the NFL team administer a safe level of designer steroids to it’s players?

    To the suspension is not long enough crowd…this is what the league and the players agreed upon…so if you don’t like it do the only thing you can do boycott the product but please stop your crying.

  16. If it helps you recover from injury and it is under the supervision of a doctor, they should really allow these guys to take this stuff. It is a brutal sport.
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    Totally agree, but it’s a slippery slope & it wouldn’t be long until everyone has a Dr. Feelgood.

  17. Youknowimright says:
    December 1, 2017 at 11:38 am
    If it helps you recover from injury and it is under the supervision of a doctor, they should really allow these guys to take this stuff. It is a brutal sport.
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    Nice idea but you simply can’t do that because many such drugs can have some medical benefit when taken to a certain level, but if you allow that then how do you ever accurately test for someone taking extra? As it is the tests look for trace amounts. Hence the list is black & white, banned or not.

  18. “I want to apologize to my team, Mr. Richardson and Panthers fans for this mistake.”

    OK, sounds great! When are these guys going to apologize to Mr. Richardson and Panthers fans for disrespecting our country and our flag with all that kneeling BS? Crickets! Yeah, I thought so.

  19. tylawspick6 says:
    December 1, 2017 at 1:25 pm
    The Panthers cheating has got to stop. They’ve had such a “culture of cheating” down there going back to the early 2000s.

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    Coming from a Pats fan now that’s funny…this site had an article that Buckner said that the Pats knew all their line calls which were new for the bowl.

    You should know this better than anyone…every team is bending the rules one way or another…”We call him the deflator” because he lost weight…

  20. thisistheonlygame says:
    December 1, 2017 at 11:35 am
    People make mistakes. Let’s hold off on the torches and pitch forks for every transgression. He broke a rule; he will serve his time; he doesn’t need additional punishment or public shaming.
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    For the record, the player can say anything he wants. He could have injected multiple masking agents and tested positive for HGH. Notice how the players always say I took something I thought was ok or I didn’t check with our team doctor. I can’t recall one who said I took steroids and got busted. The testing agreement prevents the release for what the player took. I wonder why.

  21. tylawspick6 says:
    December 1, 2017 at 1:25 pm
    The Panthers cheating has got to stop. They’ve had such a “culture of cheating” down there going back to the early 2000s.

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    Coming from a Pats fan now that’s funny…this site had an article that Buckner said that the Pats knew all their line calls which were new for the bowl.
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    So now studying an opponent and changing your defense based on the formation you see, the down and distance and the personnel who are on the field is now cheating. Got it.

  22. Cam Newton could use some IEDs (Intelligence Enhancing Drugs). Stat!
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    Lol and so can Grablegs

  23. It would have been good to have him in the rotation, but, his best days are behind him. Won’t be a Panther next year.

  24. An *** kicking of epic proportions could be upcoming on Sunday for the Panthers. Key injuries and stupid suspensions of important players do it to you every time. They need all hands on deck and that is not going to happen on Sunday.

  25. aarons444 says:
    December 1, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Probably the avacado ice cream Tom gave him.
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    Poor chip, that Pats obsession just won’t be denied. You really should get some help with that.

  26. These are grown men (Physically). I can never understand with professional athletes being allowed to do whatever the heck they want here.

  27. Not to pick on Johnson but 4 games is too little for PEDs. A first offense should be a year, a 2nd should be a permanent ban. Why? Because many newer studies have shown some benefits of PEDs can last in the body for 3-10yrs after taking, especially HGH (just when will Peyton, Clay, Neal, Peppers and Harrison sue Al Jazeera?). When will Fraudger aks for their phones or access to medical records?
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    Al Jazeera America (the network that made the claims) is no longer in existence. They ceased operations in 2016.

  28. Sep 13, 2017 – Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was suspended 10 games by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

    Aug 6, 2017 – The Atlanta Falcons announced Sunday the NFL suspended cornerback Jalen Collins for 10 games after he violated the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. Collins received a four-game suspension for a similar violation last April.

    https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/…/steelers-tackle-marcus-gilbert-suspended-four-games…
    Nov 20, 2017 – Of course, those other players (Martavis Bryant, Le’Veon Bell) were suspended for violating the substance abuse policy, reportedly for marijuana and missed drug tests. Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert suspended 4 games for violating NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances.

    Nov 14, 2016 – Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery has been suspended four games by the NFL for violating its policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

    Jun 28, 2017 – The Cowboys will indeed face the first four games of the season without defensive lineman David Irving, who is suspended by the NFL without pay for violating its policy on performance-enhancing drugs

    Jul 2, 2015 – San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates was suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season for a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy

    Mar 9, 2012 – (CBS4)– The Denver Broncos have suspended three players without pay for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. Ryan McBean, D.J. Williams and Virgil Green have been suspended.

    Mar 7, 2017 – Letroy Guion of the Green Bay Packers has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2017 regular season. According to a statement by the NFL, Guion allegedly violated the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

    YEA LETS TALK ABOUT THIS AS A NFL PROBLEM & STOP ACTING LIKE IT ONLY HAPPENED TO ONE GUY

    AS a panther fan I’m glad he took ownership of it & will take his punishment with blaming others as some NFL players do

  29. Leslie D’Amico says:December 1, 2017 at 1:58 pm
    “I want to apologize to my team, Mr. Richardson and Panthers fans for this mistake.”

    OK, sounds great! When are these guys going to apologize to Mr. Richardson and Panthers fans for disrespecting our country and our flag with all that kneeling BS? Crickets! Yeah, I thought so.
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    Charles Johnson never Kneel or disrespected our country so maybe you should check your facts before attacking a player

  30. It’s bad for a leader on that team and one of the highest tenured guys to take PED. His credibility is completely lost now.

  31. At least he didn’t try to blame it on a protein shake or something. He admitted it and is going to get his punishment out of the way unlike some cheaters that go from court to court to court before finally serving their well deserved suspension, right #12?

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