NFLPA warns players about contaminated meat in China and Mexico


One of the tenets of the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy is that players are responsible for everything that goes into their body and, as a result, that it does not matter if banned substances are ingested intentionally or not when determining punishment.

The NFLPA reminded players of that fact in a letter warning players who might be spending time in China or Mexico about meat in those countries. Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson and Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith each shared the letter on social media Tuesday with Peterson noting that players might have to go vegan on vacation.

“There is some evidence that some meat produced in China and Mexico may be contaminated with clenbuterol, an anabolic agent which is banned by the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances,” the letter reads. “Consuming large quantities of meat while visiting those particular countries may result in a positive test for clenbuterol in violation of the Policy.”

“Players are warned to be aware of this issue when traveling to Mexico and China. Please take caution if you decide to consume meat, and understand that you do so at your own risk.”

There’s no mention of foods that are imported into the United States from either country, but it might not be a bad idea for players to make sure where those are coming from as well given the consequences for a positive test.

26 responses to “NFLPA warns players about contaminated meat in China and Mexico

  1. NFL International liaison Mike Kensil will happily test all tainted meat in the name of player safety and of course INTEGRITY!

  2. More word to the wise: If you want to eat shell fish, make sure it is CAUGHT in the USA.

    Not PACKAGED in the USA or worse:

    Read the label. Twice. Sometimes you read what you want to see.

    You cut your odd of being poisoned down from 5 to 1 to 500 to 1.

  3. “There’s no mention of foods that are imported into the United States from either country…”

    Clenbuterol cannot be administered to animals designated for consumption in the US. I would assume this ban would apply to meat being imported to the US as well.

  4. The easy solutions is to not even go there.

    If the NFL wants to play these games in other countries, they need to put together an exhibition league made up of all of the junkies, drunks, wife beaters, and any of the other castoffs and parade them around the world, and stop taking away one of only 8 home games from people that pay a lot of money to go to games.

    That, or play the pre-season games out of the country.

  5. Clen isn’t an anabolic agent. It was designed as a broncialdialator, for asthma. It doesn’t really make sense to put it in meat. It’s mostly used my body builders to cut fat before a comp

  6. simplegodfather says:
    May 3, 2016 4:04 PM
    I guess couple 300lbs players have to go vegan when they travel in china and mexico; It probably good for them as they get healthy.

    But a 195 pound player should be okay?

    I am not a grammar cop but no matter the primary language when using English countries deserve to be capitalized.

  7. Then the teams going to play in these two countries should supply all foods that the players are to consume. It’s the right thing to do if there is a risk as suggested

  8. Probably should be careful about the meat in this country too.

    Not popular, I know… Vote me down, go ahead. You’re fooling yourself if you trust regulation of the meat industry in this country. Just sayin’.

  9. They’re either evil or stupid to deliberately send players to a country where they may ingest a substance in food that may in turn cause them to be suspended. Probably a combination of both.

  10. may be if the league doesnt want players consumming tainted meat in china and mexico, they shouldnt schedule games there! if any thing, they should start puting peds in american meet to level the playin field. this is why china and mexico are kicking are butts. sad!

  11. Give them MRE that our soldiers eat. If it’s good enough for the troops, it’s good enough for football players.

  12. After reading this, science expert Kensil had to google the words “clenbuterol,” “anabolic,” and “aware.”

  13. Alberto Contador, one of the best cyclist of the last ten years, tested positive for clenbuterol in 2010 and tried to blame it on a steak. He did end up getting a suspension.

  14. So, the NFL will warn players about meat outside the country ‘possibly’ contaminated with a banned substance. But they wouldn’t warn players about Star Caps, a supplement sold OTC in the U.S. that they knew contained a banned substance? Kevin and Pat Williams would have liked that courtesy.

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