Patriots test player supplements to ensure no PEDs

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With Patriots quarterback Tom Brady excelling months after turning 40, the naysayers have begun to quietly say that there’s something more than avocado ice cream sustaining his Father Time-defying performance. Those whispers have culminated in a new report explaining that the team is ensuring that player supplements don’t run afoul of the rules.

Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston reports that the Patriots have no concern regarding Brady and recklessly-rumored PED use. Curran also explained that the Patriots recently began testing the supplements their players are taking in order to ensure that the compounds are clean.

Of course, this won’t stop those who insist on thinking that Brady’s ridiculously high level of play at his advanced age may be the product of scientific intervention that crosses the line into cheating. As Curran notes, Dan Le Batard of ESPN has become the most recent media figure to tiptoe with his two lips around the issue of PEDs.

Given the zeal with which the league pursued Brady over the issue of deflated balls, incorrectly attributing evidence of reduced PSI from a playoff game three years ago to foul play when the proof pointed to atmospheric causes, wouldn’t the league be pursuing Brady even more aggressively to prove that he’s using PEDs, if the league suspected that he was? Brady stuck his finger in the eye of the league office, fighting to prove his innocence and triggering an effort by the league to paint him as someone who essentially obstructed NFL justice. If the league had any plausible basis for exploring Brady, either through not-so-random random testing or a double-secret investigation of the TB12 Sports Therapy center, the league surely would proceed, aggressively.

There’s simply no evidence, and it’s irresponsible to suggest that anything other than hard work and a committed lifestyle is responsible for Brady’s longevity, in the absence of evidence. And if there ever is any evidence, the evidence will have circumvented efforts by the Patriots to ensure independently that no players are using supplements that would result in a violation of the strict-liability standard that results in a four-game suspension if/when a urine or blood sample contains evidence of a banned substance.

67 responses to “Patriots test player supplements to ensure no PEDs

  1. They are testing their “supplements”, but not their blood or urine? That’s pretty worthless and just meant to send the perception of being on the up-and-up. I’m sure everyone on the team who was taking illegal “supplements” on the team voluntarily submitted them for testing. Riiiiight.

    I think there are players on the Pats who are taking PED’s, and Brady may be one of them. But I dont think their “usage” of these are any worse than other team out there. Pats are once again a step ahead of everyone by doing these “tests” to try to get in front of the rumors and act like they care and are trying to prevent it. Testing supplements that people voluntarily hand over to you doesn’t accomplish much. My guess is exactly 0% of their team will be found to be taking anything illegal with this shoddy methology, but good for them for being smarter than everyone else on the PR front.

  2. Dan libertard really is a horrible human being. And that special needs guy who plays his father does it in very bad taste.

  3. Drew Brees is only 1 year younger. The rules have bent towards longevity at the QB position for a generation. The idea that Tom Brady has to be cheating is crazy

  4. Isn’t testing the league’s job? Just another example of how Roger lets the Krafts make their own rules and do whatever they want. It’s getting to the point now we should just call it the NEFL because they’ve paid off everyone: the commish, refs, ball boys, even clock operators.

  5. Playing ridiculously well? He’s now always got an injury and his arm strength is obviously declining. Seems like a typical 40 yr old qb to me. Stop trying to make it out that he’s playing like he’s still 23.

  6. First, it is truly irresponsible for supposedly reputable media to suggest anything. Second, 40 isn’t that old anymore.

    Jagr is still playing hockey at a high level at 45. It’s pretty obvious that players are staying in much better year round shape on average now and training methods are better and violent hits have been reduced. Only makes sense people can play longer. Brees is right there too.

  7. It’s beyond irresponsible and is downright slanderous. LeBatard has no integrity and is bringing the entire profession of journalism into disrepute. He should be fired for this.

  8. This won’t stop the ESPN anti-Patriots bias. LeBetard just “threw it out there” the possibility that Brady is on steroids. The hate out there for the Patriots is so bad that LeBetard and ESPN understand that people will buy these inane accusations. ESPN is NOT a responsible media outlet.

  9. “Check the water fountains! Test the air! Check the cafeteria! They can’t be this great for this many years! There must be something Illegal going on!”

    -Haters

  10. Isn’t testing the league’s job? Just another example of how Roger lets the Krafts make their own rules and do whatever they want. It’s getting to the point now we should just call it the NEFL because they’ve paid off everyone: the commish, refs, ball boys, even clock operators.

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    Pretty sure that these tests don’t replace the NFLs. They are in addition to them.

  11. I heard the quote by le Batard. You can definitely see what he is trying to say about Brady but it didn’t outright say it.

    Has anyone heard what John Ritchie has been saying in Philly about the patriots? The list goes on and on of people who has lost their collective minds over the success of the patriots. I’m too young to know this, but was the media frenzy to vilify Joe Montana this strong during his run?

  12. PEDs generally break a body down over time so I don’t believe a 40 year old qb would be doping. But I also didn’t believe a 40 year old qb would be playing in the super bowl.

  13. Look at Brady & Brees playing style. The only things that need to stay in top shape is there arm, reflexes and mind. They both get rid of the ball quickly, read defenses easily and move around the pocket like grandpa playing shuffle board. It’s not that physically demanding as other positions…..ask James Harrison and guys like that if they could play q.v. at 40? It’s laughable.

  14. Seems like smart policy. Most every player who gets caught uses the “I didn’t know it was a bad supplement” excuse. This either A) prevents that from happening or B) allows the Pats to (privately) call BS on the player if they get caught.
    I really don’t think NFL teams want their guys hiding the use of PEDs. No team wants to deal with unplanned suspensions. This isn’t 1992 anymore.

  15. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    January 26, 2018 at 12:45 am
    Isn’t testing the league’s job? Just another example of how Roger lets the Krafts make their own rules and do whatever they want. It’s getting to the point now we should just call it the NEFL because they’ve paid off everyone: the commish, refs, ball boys, even clock operators.
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    Uh … huh? The league determines the list of banned substances and tests players. Teams can go an extra measure to make sure the list of banned\non-banned substances don’t have anything in them that might be illegal. After Starcaps it makes a ton of sense and am at a loss to explain why all teams don’t do it. But the rush to judgment towards the Pats was blatantly obvious. The hate ain’t wrong. Right?

  16. So NE does it’s best internally to ensure they don’t get caught in a situation by one of their players unknowingly taking a supplement that could get him benched and immediately, the very first comment spins it that they are really hiding something.

    No, I can’t imagine why NE as a team or their fans might feel a teeny bit persecuted.

  17. To the haters: The Pats are not testing them to find cheaters. They are simply testing the supplements themselves to make sure that their players do not accidentally ingest something that they otherwise take thinking they were within the rules.

    How many times have we heard, in many sports, that someone didn’t realize that something they were taking contained a banned substance?

  18. Dan Le Batard in the same breath gave Payton Manning a pass for having HGH delivered to his home, siting the old “it was for his wife”. This after Manning miraculously came back from multiple neck injuries to throw 55 touch downs the very next season. Later to fall completely off Kellerman’s cliff. Brady has never had an injury like Manning, this alone has gone a long way to keep him out there performing the way he does. For all the Brady is a whiner, prima donna talk it’s clear he’s one of the toughest players in the league. So deal with it haters, deal with it.

  19. Part of me hopes the Eagles win the SB so the these delusional Pats haters can really know what an annoying fan base is like. Careful what you wish for.

  20. terripet says:
    January 26, 2018 at 8:47 am
    Rodney Harrison. What team did he last play for
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    More importantly…How come the Colts aren’t good anymore since the league started inspecting air pressure in footballs?

    Strange huh? 🙂

  21. fireroger says:
    January 26, 2018 at 6:58 am
    The timing from this ESPN article feels about right.
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    Agreed. Isn’t funny how the media come up with these “controversies” before Patriot Super Bowls.

  22. Hey man, I hate Brady as much as the next non-Patriot fan, but c’mon with the PED stuff.

    If anyone listens to anything the Brady/Bundchen clan have to say outside of football, you will quickly realize these folks take what they put in their body very seriously. Brady eats better than 99% of athletes. Is it any wonder with how serious he takes his food that his body is holding up so well?

    If anyone deserves the benefit of the doubt, he does. And like I said, I hate the guy (for being so damn good).

  23. “As Curran notes, Dan Le Batard of ESPN has become the most recent media figure to tiptoe with his two lips around the issue of PEDs.”

    Don’t know the who (Dan Le Batard) but sure as hell know the what (ESPN).

    Go figure.

  24. Nothing new to see here…patriots are smarter than other teams.

    The patriots are taking extra steps to ensure that patriot players know what they are taking without waiting for the results of an NFL test.

    Players on other teams have found out they were taking PED in their supplements from NFL tests. Or they already knew and used ignorance as an excuse. The NFL can punish those players for cheating.

    So a smart team would want to prevent the drama and would do its owns tests. The teams that are not testing like the patriots are doing must want their players to cheat.

  25. LyinRogerMustGo says:
    January 26, 2018 at 9:08 am
    terripet says:
    January 26, 2018 at 8:47 am
    Rodney Harrison. What team did he last play for
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    More importantly…How come the Colts aren’t good anymore since the league started inspecting air pressure in footballs?
    Strange huh? 🙂

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    Why were the Colt’s able to score 7 points in the 1st half of the deflategate game….but scored zero points in the 2nd half of the game after the NFL properly inflated their footballs?

  26. marima07 says:
    January 26, 2018 at 9:05 am
    and let’s just continue with the ridiculing of Pats fans’ defensiveness and paranoia over ESPN’s coverage of the Patriots.
    ==========================
    Didn’t you hear?
    Brady hates Belichick hates Kraft
    Oh wait … all the Patriots balls were deflated.
    Oh wait … Brady is a PED champion
    Oh wait … Brady has a second radio frequency in his helmet

  27. jmwags1 says:
    January 26, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Am I the only one who now has “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” stuck in his head??

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    You were, but not any more. Damn you

  28. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    January 26, 2018 at 12:45 am
    Isn’t testing the league’s job? Just another example of how Roger lets the Krafts make their own rules and do whatever they want. It’s getting to the point now we should just call it the NEFL because they’ve paid off everyone: the commish, refs, ball boys, even clock operators.
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    They are testing the supplements not the players to make sure anything they are taking they don’t unknowingly run afoul of the rules. Try reading the story.

  29. The way the Patriots cheat, the tests they use are really to make sure that the PEDs being taken will not be found when the players are tested – hopefully for them after the Super Bowl, because as we have seen in the past, being eventually caught are a cheap price to pay if they win. Ethics be damned.

  30. If whatever Brady is taking turns out to be illegal, I recommend texting him a full report on his cell phone so he can “routinely” destroy it.

  31. but was the media frenzy to vilify Joe Montana this strong during his run?

    I wasn’t a 49ers fan, but I liked Joe and I think most people did back then.

  32. I wonder if the Patriots are specifically focusing on players linked to Brady’s trainer, Alex Guerrero? This is too much of a coincidence that a few weeks after we get stories of Guerrero telling players not to lift weights and now all of a sudden they are testing supplements. I mean the whole thing stinks.

  33. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    January 26, 2018 at 12:45 am
    Isn’t testing the league’s job? Just another example of how Roger lets the Krafts make their own rules and do whatever they want. It’s getting to the point now we should just call it the NEFL because they’ve paid off everyone: the commish, refs, ball boys, even clock operators.

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    I think you misunderstood. The keague does do testing. And when they catch something its often claimed by the player and perhaps something got in them accidentally, or they were not aware is another one. In all those cases who knows what was an accident or deliberate?

    The Patriots are simply taking extra steps to insure those situations don’t happen in the first place.

  34. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says:
    January 26, 2018 at 10:44 am
    If whatever Brady is taking turns out to be illegal, I recommend texting him a full report on his cell phone so he can “routinely” destroy it.
    ===========================
    Well we know one thing for certain. The log showing that he texted himself will never be looked at.

  35. turtlehut says:
    January 26, 2018 at 10:23 am
    The way the Patriots cheat, the tests they use are really to make sure that the PEDs being taken will not be found when the players are tested – hopefully for them after the Super Bowl, because as we have seen in the past, being eventually caught are a cheap price to pay if they win. Ethics be damned.

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    So basically a story about how the Patriots are taking extra measures to insure none of their players are cheating not even accidentally is being held up as evidence they cheat. Honestly thats what I just read here.

  36. turtlehut says:
    January 26, 2018 at 10:23 am

    The way the Patriots cheat, the tests they use are really to make sure that the PEDs being taken will not be found when the players are tested – hopefully for them after the Super Bowl, because as we have seen in the past, being eventually caught are a cheap price to pay if they win. Ethics be damned.

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    The only cheating that involving the Patriots is when 31 teams cheated the patriots out of 2 draft picks while forcing Brady to miss 25% of a season. It was easy for the NFL to use a biased national media outside of New England to convince dimwits that the laws of physics don’t apply to footballs when used in NFL stadiums.

    The NFL then had to hide the PSI data which was collected during the 2015 NFL season or they would have had to give the patriots back the stolen draft picks. Ethics, transparency, and integrity of the game be damned.

  37. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says:
    January 26, 2018 at 10:44 am

    If whatever Brady is taking turns out to be illegal, I recommend texting him a full report on his cell phone so he can “routinely” destroy it.

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    Nothing like announcing to everyone that you were one of those who was duped by the NFL marketing department with the “brady destroyed his phone” headlines.

    The NFL already had the 2 telephones that were owned by the Patriots and were used by the 2 equipment guys. In 2018 most people are smart enough to understand that you don’t need both phones to see all the messages that were sent between 2 phones. So having Brady’s personal telephone was irrelevant.

    Besides, the NFL also had the log information that Tom Brady provided. Which means that the NFL already had 2 sources to see all information related to conversations with the equipment guys. Which also means that Tom Brady could not withhold relevant information when he provided the logs.

    It also means that the “destroyed phone” contained no unknown information related to the investigation. Let this concept sink in….There was no evidence on the telephone! The NFL knew that they were not going to get his personal phone.

    The NFL leaked information from the phone logs so that Brady wouldn’t trust them with his phone. (You can still find the leaked information about Peyton Manning plus the information about Brady’s swimming pool cover online) The NFL didn’t really want the phone. The NFL just wanted to manipulate public opinion with the “brady destroyed his phone” headlines. Posts like yours just remind everyone of the power of marketing.

  38. kom2k10 says:
    January 25, 2018 at 11:52 pm
    They are testing their “supplements”, but not their blood or urine? That’s pretty worthless and just meant to send the perception of being on the up-and-up. I’m sure everyone on the team who was taking illegal “supplements” on the team voluntarily submitted them for testing. Riiiiight…….
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    The League tests the urine. the Patriots are trying to make sure their players don’t take anything that is banned and there test positive by the league.

  39. “Isn’t testing the league’s job? Just another example of how Roger lets the Krafts make their own rules and do whatever they want.”

    Reading comprehension, get some. Nowhere does it say these tests replace the league’s.

    SMH

  40. I wonder, what is ESPN going to do when Brady and BB retire? They’re going to lose 80-90% of their web traffic from clowns clicking through these BS stories. I wonder which team they’re going to pick as their next whipping boy…

  41. I’m amazed on how many people ignore history and can find no other explanation for Brady playing this well at 40. Fifty years ago players in most sports barely made it passed 30. Over time they’ve added ballet, martial arts, dancing, yoga, running with a parachute on etc. to their routines. Somewhere along the line it was discovered that humans lose electrolites when sweating so they invented this weird concoction called Gatorade. Places like GNC opened up that sells supplements to improve recovery and stamina. Then they discovered the ever popular and most delicious treats called protein shakes and protein bars. Why is it that avacados, pliability exercises and brain teasers is apparently weird science?

  42. the nfl does what espn tells it to and espn is nothing more than an information / misinformation arm of the nfl. all actions by both parties are confounded by a common economic interest.

  43. ragevirus11 says:
    January 26, 2018 at 12:46 am

    Stop trying to make it out that he’s playing like he’s still 23.
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    Silly little hater, he’s not playing like he’s still 23. He’s playing better

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