Mark Sanchez blames “unknowing supplement contamination” for PED suspension

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Mark Sanchez has confirmed that he is suspended for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, but he denies knowingly using such substances.

Sanchez released a statement saying he thinks a supplement he took was contaminated with a banned substance.

“The NFL has informed me that I have tested positive for a substance on the banned substance list,” Sanchez wrote. “I was blindsided by the news and I want to say unequivocally that I have never cheated or attempted to gain a competitive advantage by using a banned performance enhancing substance. During the past 9 years as an NFL player I have been subject to 73 drug tests — an average of over 8 tests per season — and all but one have been clean. I have taken the same regimen of supplements for the past five years without any issues. The timing and results of my tests establish circumstances of unknowing supplement contamination, not the use of performance enhancing substances.”

Sanchez, who spent last season with the Bears and was last a starter in 2015 with the Eagles, is currently a free agent. He may still sign with an NFL team this offseason, but he won’t be eligible to appear in the first four games of the season.

67 responses to “Mark Sanchez blames “unknowing supplement contamination” for PED suspension

  1. Well if he’s really been tested that many times and taken the same supplements for the last 5 years maybe his explanation is legitimate.

  2. Ummmm… we ball know you didn’t take a competitive advantage…we also know that cliplboards can get heavy…but it pays well..,

  3. Meanwhile there are tons players walking around as 250+ pounds of lean muscle. Clearly natural, of course. But yeah, let’s go ahead and ban the dude who by NFL standards looks malnutritioned.

  4. Huh? The Sanchize? The infamous “ButtFumble” dude? No way.

    Without Revis, no way Gangrene (Jets) would have ever made two trips (2009-2010) to the AFC Conference Finals.

  5. Someone needs to tell Sanchez PEDs don’t improve decision making, which should be a QBs biggest concern.

  6. harrisonhits2 says:
    April 13, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Well if he’s really been tested that many times and taken the same supplements for the last 5 years maybe his explanation is legitimate.
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    Which doesn’t make it acceptable. The NFL & NFLPA maintain a list of acceptable substances and there’s even a test program for a player that wants to take something not on the list. The only way that explanation becomes acceptable is when a player using an approved supplement it sues the manufacturer and wins.

  7. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, (this goes for any player) give the supplement to the NFL, let them test it, tell them they can publicly release the results. If, as they all keep saying, it doesn’t list the banned substance but contains it then bust the manufacturer by outing them and banning any supplement they make so their business is hurt.

    If it turns out that there’s nothing in it then the NFL has to apologize and investigate their testing methods.

    Don’t let one Lawyer or Agent be involved.

  8. harrisonhits2 says:
    April 13, 2018 at 5:19 pm
    Well if he’s really been tested that many times and taken the same supplements for the last 5 years maybe his explanation is legitimate.

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    Agree. One of the few instances of a PED suspension where the guy claims ignorance and it’s actually somewhat believable.

  9. harrisonhits2 says:
    April 13, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Well if he’s really been tested that many times and taken the same supplements for the last 5 years maybe his explanation is legitimate.
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    Which doesn’t make it acceptable. The NFL & NFLPA maintain a list of acceptable substances and there’s even a test program for a player that wants to take something not on the list. The only way that explanation becomes acceptable is when a player using an approved supplement it sues the manufacturer and wins.

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    You’re right, dude…and Lane Johnson’s incriminating supplement was ON THAT LiST but that didn’t help his case in court, or in the court of public opinion. That list is useless.

  10. “I was blindsided by the news and I want to say unequivocally that I have never cheated or attempted to gain a competitive advantage by using a banned performance enhancing substance.”

    As fans, we can confirm that you have never shown a competitive advantage on the field! And, there seems to be no danger of you gaining any advantages in the future!

    This has to be the worst statement made by a player caught by the lab rats.

  11. Many times when I hear the excuses offered by a player
    who is suspended ..I laugh or shake my head in disbelief.
    However….I believe him….I really believe him.
    If I was his lawyer I would march him into Rogers
    office in his underwear and show him. This is one guy
    I believe.

  12. this just proves what i have always aid. mark sanchez is a discusting dirty player. while other guys are playing in fair in square marky mark is skating the rules with illegal drugs. i cant wait for sanchez to return from his supsension an have to play with out cheating. lets see if he continues his dominance then!

  13. The guy is now a journeyman at best, has made his money, and has never been popped on a test…I see no reason why he would intentionally take PED’s in 2018 and possibly forego another payday.

  14. Sanchez, nobody is preventing you from posting your test results publicly so we can see if you’re telling the truth.

  15. But here at LFT, the real question that we all need to consider: Is a team allowed to not sign him because they don’t want to associate with a PED user? He is an nfl player. It’s his god given right to play in the nfl. Teams can’t just not sign him…

  16. I’m only surprised he didn’t blame Trump. The new motto is “When all else fails, blame Trump”

  17. Liberal Football Talk says:
    April 13, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    But here at LFT, the real question that we all need to consider: Is a team allowed to not sign him because they don’t want to associate with a PED user? He is an nfl player. It’s his god given right to play in the nfl. Teams can’t just not sign him…
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    You can beat women, do drugs, drink, take PED’s, and can get all the chances you want. Just don’t peacefully protest the unneeded killing of black men, or you are done.

  18. The rule isn’t the you can’t take PEDs. It’s that PEDs can’t be found in your system. Doesn’t matter how they got there. You’re accountable. Notice that we’ve never heard the argument “the FDA approved medication my doctor prescribed and the pharmacy gave me was contaminated.” Why a pro athlete would take a supplement is still beyond me. If you’re wrong, your career is ov-… suspended.

  19. oh please. if his excuse is true, which it probably isn’t, then time to nut up – what was the product and what was the substance?

  20. arwiv says:
    April 13, 2018 at 6:28 pm
    The guy is now a journeyman at best, has made his money, and has never been popped on a test…I see no reason why he would intentionally take PED’s in 2018 and possibly forego another payday.
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    He is a free agent. Maybe he thought he needed a little help in order to get another payday. I’m not saying he did, just that it is a plausible reason you may have overlooked.

  21. therealtrenches says:
    April 13, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    You’re right, dude…and Lane Johnson’s incriminating supplement was ON THAT LiST but that didn’t help his case in court, or in the court of public opinion. That list is useless.
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    You mean the supplement he claimed caused the result was on the list. How is his lawsuit coming? Seriously, how can you be that gullible?

  22. A few players have said similar this offseason – i.e. blindsided or caught off guard by the timings etc. For decades pros in many sports could evade detection by timings – so it might be that this year the NFL has suddenly changed-up the dates/periods in which they test guys.

  23. I think if we are all honest, everybody knew the Sanchize was on something. Starting with the butt fumble, and who can forget the inhalation of that hot dog on the sideline, this guy was performing at unprecedented levels. Was only a matter of time before he got busted.

  24. The NFL’s drug policies are a joke, this isn’t track and field here folks. The “drugs” players are being (and have been for years) suspended for would have little performance enhancing results (read steroids or HGH) Typically these players are just trying to stay in the best possible shape in an extremely competitive line of work. You can take the “wrong” cough medicine and be suspended for four games and be labeled a cheat…

  25. Honestly 85-90 of the league is or pro ably has been at one time taking ped’s so, they need to just let these guys use whatever they want. They are athletes who have reached the highest level and make big wads of cash or our entertainment, it they need to use things to enhance performance or recover from Injuries to stay in the game let them. No need to be hypocritical about it they take it and they have to mask it and they shouldn’t.

  26. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    April 13, 2018 at 7:45 pm
    therealtrenches says:
    April 13, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    You’re right, dude…and Lane Johnson’s incriminating supplement was ON THAT LiST but that didn’t help his case in court, or in the court of public opinion. That list is useless.
    ___________________________________________

    You mean the supplement he claimed caused the result was on the list. How is his lawsuit coming? Seriously, how can you be that gullible?

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    this has nothing to do with gullibility. Facts are facts and i stated them. Johnson’s supplement was on the list of clean ones; it made no difference in the NFL’s ruling; his case has largely been mocked by fans (like you).

    However, I will say this; the last time there was any sustained discourse on this topic by objective reporters, his case was deemed worthy of pursuit, in part because that list, which is supposed to protect players from tainted supplements, didn’t work in this case.

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