Thomas Davis announces he tested positive for banned substance

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Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis‘ 2018 season is going to start with a suspension.

The NFL has not announced a ban yet, but Davis has announced that he has tested positive for a banned substance in a video posted to Twitter on Friday afternoon. Davis said in the video that he will serve a four-game suspension after being “completely caught off guard” by the league telling him that he tested positive.

Davis said the substance was an “estrogen blocker” in a supplement that he’s used for the last seven or eight years without triggering a positive test until now. Davis said he did not and would not “intentionally” do anything to “cheat the game” and that his “conscience is clear.”

He also acknowledges that NFL rules about players being responsible for what they put in their bodies is clear and that he’s run afoul of them as a result of the test. That will leave Davis unavailable to start the year and leave the Panthers looking for another solution at linebacker for a quarter of the 2018 season.

63 responses to “Thomas Davis announces he tested positive for banned substance

  1. Be nice if the league actively made players aware of what substances will be flagged in a drug test, and which products contain them.

  2. The league is a joke~ very few clean players! When you establish an “average” or baseline for testing of substances it tells you all you need to know. It’s sad for the non-cheaters.

  3. Just like when multi cheater Brian Cushing was caught with a hormone seen only naturally in pregnant women.

  4. Professional athletes need better professional guidance as to what the substances that they are using may affect their testing and subsequent playing time. And, not how to cheat the tests. It’s a pity that Thomas used something that will keep him out of the Panther’s line-up for 4 games. That may make the difference between an 8 and 8 season versus an 11 an 5. The Silver lining is that Shaq Thompson will get more OJT. Keep pounding and Next Man Up Shaq!

  5. These guys have no clue what they are taking.
    Nor do they want to know.
    “Just make me bigger, faster and stronger.”

  6. A true alpha-male don’t need no “estrogen blocker” bruh

    Besides, like Bill Parcells once said: “Football is 95% mental.”

  7. Because of NFLPA/NFL contract privacy rules, his side is all we get to hear. If taken at face value, Makes the NFL testing process look bad and unjust. However it seems highly unlikely that something he has taken for 7 years just now shows up in the test. If that’s the case, an appeal and further explanation on what specific product should be forthcoming.

  8. wyldezakk- don’t be a jerk. he’ll serve his four games and the work he has done in his hometown won’t be tarnished at all.

  9. tylawspick6 says:
    April 6, 2018 at 6:10 pm
    carolina has been cheating with roids for over 15 years
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    Ninkovic and Harrison say hi.

  10. Those 4 games will be safer without his cheap shots. NFL Man of the year? I will admit he is a better choice than (either) Bennett.

  11. His contract is guaranteed this year (except for suspension…).

    He’s 35 and has never tested positive before, has a rep for high character, has already announced he’s retiring after this season and has accepted a part time role to stay in Carolina w/ Thompson taking over as starter.

    Given the circumstances, I’m more inclined to give Davis the benefit of the doubt here than most others. I mean, what’s supposed to be motivation to cheat at this point?

  12. “completely caught off guard”
    ..a supplement he’s used for the last seven or eight years without triggering a positive until now..
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    Caught off guard? Good choice of words – I’m guessing he wasn’t tested at this time of the offseason in the previous 7 or 8 years, hence no positive, hence being caught off guard. And if he’s been using something for 7-8yrs that would trigger a positive, he ought to be banned for a lot longer than 4 games.

  13. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says:
    April 6, 2018 at 6:33 pm
    His contract is guaranteed this year (except for suspension…).

    He’s 35 and has never tested positive before, has a rep for high character, has already announced he’s retiring after this season and has accepted a part time role to stay in Carolina w/ Thompson taking over as starter.

    Given the circumstances, I’m more inclined to give Davis the benefit of the doubt here than most others. I mean, what’s supposed to be motivation to cheat at this point?

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    you have it backwards

    he is old and set to retire

    he never used what he said

    until now
    guys who get old and can’t get to where they need to be and find ihard to keep going, sometimes look for mother’s little helper

  14. The OTC “supplement” excuse is the new one. I remember they milked the Adderall excuse for all it was worth.

  15. He would never do anything to cheat the game. Guess that means he is unfit for the Patriot Way.

    And no, the Panthers have not been cheating for 15 years. That is just an ignorant comment (surprise). Patriots have had their share of PED suspensions over the last 15 years as well, including Terry Genn, Rodney Harrison, Brandon Spikes, Brandon Bolden and others.

  16. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says:

    He’s 35 and has never tested positive before
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    Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France 7 times, doped up in all of them, and never tested positive.

  17. Clomid and Nolvadex are anti-estrogen supplements taken by testosterone-derived anabolic steroid users. They are also used post-cycle to help stimulate the suppressed testosterone state of recent steroid use.

    At least that is what the really big guy at my gym told me once…

  18. If you are a professional athlete you have so many options available to you to check out your supplements, vitamins, cold medicine, and all prescribed meds. Team doctors, strength and conditioning coaches, nutritionists, let alone your own physician are all available.

    If you are taking anything, why not have it checked and approved? Your livelihood depends on it and your team is counting on you. If you don’t have something checked you are just rolling the dice. When new lists are posted every year you owe it to check out your “supplements”.

    No excuses. Can’t blame the league for this.

  19. I would be shocked if 50%+ of the NFL is NOT on PEDs.

    The NFL needs to put out a list of PEDs allowed for quicker recovery and ban everything else with a two-year suspension if they are concerned about “player safety.”

  20. Michael E says:
    April 6, 2018 at 6:45 pm
    Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says:

    He’s 35 and has never tested positive before
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    Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France 7 times, doped up in all of them, and never tested positive.

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    That’s true and it’s a fair point, but it’s also a different sport with different performance enhancers used. Bill Romanoski would be a better example since it was the NFL and he was never caught (but admitted it later).

    Typically though, if you look specifically to the NFL, the history is it’s usually younger guys who get caught (Shawne Merriman, Julius Peppers, Brian Cushing, Lane Johnson,Erin Henderson, etc…) or guys with obvious unnatural body distortions (David Boston, LaRon Landry).

    Robert Mathis a few years ago is the only old guy I can think of off the top of my head.

    Again, not discounting it, just saying the circumstances are unusual.

  21. Carolina needs to take a long hard look at this…estrogen blocker means he’s definitely on the gear…so they have to ask at his age and injury history can he play clean?

    Shawn “Lattimer Place at The Table” Merriman says…Nope!

  22. Actually, this sounds familiar to me for some reason… hadn’t this been brought up somehow before?

  23. Yet another juiced player who’s not a Seahawk. That’s about 200 now.

    When does Brady get tested?

  24. This is going to be a very difficult season for Davis, because the NFL is banning leading with the crown of the helmet, which Davis has done his entire career

  25. “Be nice if the league actively made players aware of what substances will be flagged in a drug test, and which products contain them.”

    I believe they do actually. The team trainers and doctors all have lists of this stuff.

    Plus any smart player can just as easily reach out to the league office and say “I want to use supplement XYZ. Here’s a photo/scan of the label listing the ingredients. Are any of them on the banned list?”.

    Its not hard for any player to find out if a supplement he wants to take has naughty things in it or not.

  26. I believe the players are able to submit whatever supplements they want to use to their teams for approval.

  27. I refuse to read the article because I already know what he’ll say. He’ll say he wasn’t aware that there was anything in the medication he was taking that was illegal. Or he’ll say he took it by accident.
    The one thing we know he won’t say is, I’m guilty and deserve to be suspended because I cheated”.

  28. His failed test was probably taken sometime during the season last year. He probably already appealed it, and lost the appeal. Now he is breaking the news to get ahead of the negative publicity and save face. As you can tell, no one is fooled. Go block your estrogen in your retirement home.

  29. I have no love for the Panthers but this guy has a pretty good reputation. I usually roll my eyes at the excuses for positive tests but I’m inclined to believe him this time.

    And, every team has had someone bend or break a rule at some point. One positive test doesn’t warrant casting aspersions on the entire franchise

  30. Sorry but anyone with any type of fitness background would know that the majority of testorone boosters contain estrogen blockers. Im more inclined to believe him. Dude has been solid and standup forever.

  31. He says he tested positive for a blocker, but aren’t masking agents and blockers a 2 game suspension?

    I wonder why would he be getting 4 if all he tested positive for was a blocker? (rhetorical question)

  32. A Thomas Davis story where he’s not telling everyone how tough he is?

    Love NFL players playing victim over any and everything

  33. Real class act bud good way to tarnish your so-so career. To come out and still say you didn’t mean to put that in your body…scrub

  34. Some of the posters on here are just mean spirited. This GUI has been on the job for a dozen years and has been a warrior. The body just breaks down and he is trying to stay in the game. I don’t want to hear that he is a cheater, Davis is a maintainer, just like everyone else on the league. I think allmost all players in the NFL have/had used peds at one point on their careers and I do t see the issue with them. They are at the highest level and why not try to be your best.davis got caught but that doesn’t tarnish his rep in my eyes, he is my favorite player in the league am deathly I’m not a panthers/ Georgia fan, he’s just a warrior from the old days of football. For him to come back to play the super bowl after breaking his arm in 2 weeks is the stuff of legends. We hold these players on such a pedestal but they play a brutal game that will chew you up and spit you out as soon as you lose a step.

  35. harrisonhits2 says:
    April 6, 2018 at 8:57 pm
    “Be nice if the league actively made players aware of what substances will be flagged in a drug test, and which products contain them.”

    I believe they do actually. The team trainers and doctors all have lists of this stuff.

    Plus any smart player can just as easily reach out to the league office and say “I want to use supplement XYZ. Here’s a photo/scan of the label listing the ingredients. Are any of them on the banned list?”.

    Its not hard for any player to find out if a supplement he wants to take has naughty things in it or not.
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    And what happens when a supplement company spikes its product with banned substances, resulting in a positive test?

  36. Clomiphene = Clomid. It is technically an estrogen blocker but it is a prescription test booster used for secondary and tertiery hypogonadism. 2nd and 3rd are usually the result of years of steroid abuse.

  37. and yet Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned… wait, what’re we talking about again??

  38. I’ve been into weight training for over 30 years. Estrogen blockers are commonly sold by supplement companies as testosterone boosters. It could have been legal for NFL players to use them when Davis was playing earlier in his career. Some people say it works, but a blood test will prove whether they are right or wrong. I’ve read that bodybuilders use estrogen blockers when they are cycling off of synthetic testosterone to help prevent crashing when their T levels drop and their testes start naturally producing the hormone again. I think any kind of hormonal imbalance is not good for the body, but this is the risk these players take to make a lot of money in the small amount of time they are able to.

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