Giants claim they knew about Josh Mauro’s looming PED suspension

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The Eagles may not have known that defensive end Michael Bennett was facing a potential suspension when trading for him. The Giants reportedly knew that defensive end Josh Mauro was facing a potential suspension when signing him.

Via Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com, the Giants were aware of the looming PED suspension when signing Mauro to a one-year, $880,000 deal. The problem, of course, is that the sequence of events invites speculation that the Giants were unaware, prompting some to wonder whether the Giants failed to check with the league office about any pending suspensions before signing Mauro.

From a P.R. standpoint, it would have made more sense to delay the signing of the former Cardinal (or at least the announcement of it) until the PED suspension became public — or to accelerate the publication of the PED suspension before signing Mauro. (All he had to do was disclose the suspension on his own a day or two before the Giants leaked or announced the deal.)

Mauro was definitely conscious of P.R. when crafting his predictable “I wasn’t cheating” defense. Via the New York Daily News, here’s the statement Mauro released: “While I take full responsibility for this suspension, I want to clarify that my test showed traces of a banned stimulant from a preworkout supplement bought over the counter. While I didn’t and would never intentionally put anything in my body that was a banned substance, I wholeheartedly honor and respect the NFL’s drug-testing policy and I take full responsibility.”

And so, yet again, the NFL’s PED policy ensnares someone who was innocently trying to improve himself without knowingly crossing the line. Will the league ever catch anyone who actually was trying to cheat?

13 responses to “Giants claim they knew about Josh Mauro’s looming PED suspension

  1. I don’t think these guys have any idea what they are ingesting. Their trainer, or some lugnut at their local gym, says take this it’ll make you bigger/faster/stronger and they don’t ask any questions.

    If it’s sold over the counter, they think it gives them plausible deniability.

  2. I suppose if it was you you’d come out with a statement in which you admitted you were purposely and willfully trying to cheat but you’re just way more honest than anyone else in the world right?

  3. Pats fans really need to come to terms with the fact that their team was caught cheating multiple times. Trying to portray others as cheating too doesn’t excuse you.

  4. kd75 says:

    I don’t think these guys have any idea what they are ingesting.
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    But that would show a lack of intelligence, common sense and personal responsibility.

  5. Cards cut him for that reason. They really liked him but the cards are a class organization that doesn’t stand for this stuff. If only more teams cared.

  6. redlikethepig says:
    March 25, 2018 at 11:40 am
    Pats fans really need to come to terms with the fact that their team was caught cheating multiple times. Trying to portray others as cheating too doesn’t excuse you.

    20 8

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    is there any easter bunny, too?

    i weep for this country’s future

  7. tylawspick6 says:
    March 25, 2018 at 10:54 am
    giants = serial cheaters

    mara will pick up the phone and make this go away

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    Every team that owns the pats somehow cheats.

  8. dimi1919 says:
    March 25, 2018 at 1:46 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    March 25, 2018 at 10:54 am
    giants = serial cheaters

    mara will pick up the phone and make this go away

    __________

    Every team that owns the pats somehow cheats.

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    has nothing to do with pure luck and a qbs eyes closed in super bowls

    has to do with pats fans knowing how all the money comes out of new york and always has

    lying, wifebeating kickers, memorabilia scam cover ups, wakie talkie use, etc

    the list goes on and on not to mention collusion with goodell to steal the pats draft picks with fake stories and to gain advantages in super bowls

  9. Yeah you’re right. Pure luck to hold the pats to 31 points in 2 games and dismantle Brady. Keep believing that. And you’re right the pats have never had a guy on PEDs or any legal troubles. You know like that one serial killer they employed? Give it a rest.

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