Report: Contaminated meat led to positive PED test for Duane Brown last year

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The NFLPA sent a memo to players this week warning them to be cautious about eating meat in Mexico and China because some of it is contaminated by Clenbuterol, which is a banned substance under the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

It appears that a trip to Mexico by Texans tackle Duane Brown last year uncovered the issue. Dan Graziano and Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com report that Brown, who was suspended four games for a PED violation in 2010, tested positive last November after returning from a bye-week vacation with his wife. He faced a 10-game suspension as a repeat offender.

Brown appealed with the help of the NFLPA and receipts from meals showing he ate 10 burgers and two steaks while in Mexico. He was cleared in April of this year and his experience is one that the union would like other players to avoid.

The Texans and Raiders will be playing a game in Mexico City during the 2016 season. One would imagine that Brown will be laying off the beef during that visit.

45 responses to “Report: Contaminated meat led to positive PED test for Duane Brown last year

  1. snap0179 says:
    May 3, 2016 6:26 PM

    Man likes his burgers!
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    That was just one breakfast receipt.

  2. 10 burgers and 2 steaks ??

    Where are the receipts for the other 4700 Burgers and 290 steaks that it would have taken to actually tick enough in his blood stream to get a positive ????

    Queue the ” I caught it from the toilet seat ” excuse in 3,2….

  3. comatrip1 says:
    May 3, 2016 6:43 PM
    10 burgers and 2 steaks in ONE WEEK!??? Dude needs to watch his red meat intake or he’ll be dead by 40.
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    There are old, skinny women who eat more than that and have no health issues.

  4. Dr.: Here you go, Duane – a season’s supply of Clenbuterol. I suggest you get on a plane to Mexico asap. Keep the receipts.

  5. comatrip1 says:
    May 3, 2016 6:43 PM
    10 burgers and 2 steaks in ONE WEEK!??? Dude needs to watch his red meat intake or he’ll be dead by 40.
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    Are you seriously shocked that a man that weights 300+ pounds can put away 10 burgers and 2 steaks in a week? That’s just a snack.

  6. Clenbuterol has no performance enhancing qualities. All it does is reduce the amount of fat in muscle tissue if taken over a long period of time, not in one week.

    Cyclist Alberto Contador was suspended for two years and had two grand tour titles taken from him over a blood finding in 2010 for clenbuterol that was so miniscule that it would not have any effect on performance whatsoever, and could not even have been detected by any lab in the world a year or two earlier. It is estimated that the amount of clenbuterol that would trigger such a finding was so small that it could be created by blowing a puff of powdered concentrate into the air as he approached.

    We know that the stuff is in the food supply in some places, and that includes the USA, in spite of protestations from the industry. Taiwan rejected a shipment of beef from the US a few years ago because of clenbuterol contamination. There should be a base level of clenbuterol that is considered acceptable because is is not enough to enhance performance.

  7. Not sure how they can waive away his punishment when the NFL waged battle for 2+ years with Kevin and Pat Williams over star caps, a supplement with an unlisted banned ingredient that the NFL was aware of and never told the players about.

    That ended up costing Kevin Williams two games and about $1.5M in missed checks.

    Which is a greater fine than the Saints or Pats payed in deflate or bounty gate.

  8. Yup, when I go out for a burger, I always ask for a receipt, and then I carefully save them all in my “burger receipt” envelope.

    Ummm yeah, doesn’t everybody save their burger receipts???

    Sounds more like a bunch of baloney…beef baloney.

  9. brianyourwordsarehurtful says:
    May 3, 2016 8:25 PM
    Clenbuterol has no performance enhancing qualities. All it does is reduce the amount of fat in muscle tissue if taken over a long period of time, not in one week.

    Cyclist Alberto Contador was suspended for two years and had two grand tour titles taken from him over a blood finding in 2010 for clenbuterol that was so miniscule that it would not have any effect on performance whatsoever…

    We know that the stuff is in the food supply in some places, and that includes the USA…There should be a base level of clenbuterol that is considered acceptable because is is not enough to enhance performance.
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    It doesn’t just “reduce fat in muscle” (which itself is a performance enhancer!), it increases aerobic capacity and metabolic rate! Which all very much affects performance!!! Hence why it’s been banned in some sports for several decades. The reason for the low test threshold today is not because a tiny amount is so beneficial but because athletes employ such sophisticated anti-detection techniques! So a cheat would tend to take it in the off-season, timing it away from scheduled tests and flushing it out etc. But even taken off-season, it helps them get in shape and gives them an artificially increased training ability, and fitter as a result, which translates into improved in-season performance. There is indeed, however, a problem with contamination in beef.

  10. I think the tainted meat excuse might be more believable if he wasn’t a repeat offender.

    What was his excuse the first time?

  11. genericcommenter says:
    May 3, 2016 7:28 PM
    comatrip1 says:
    May 3, 2016 6:43 PM
    10 burgers and 2 steaks in ONE WEEK!??? Dude needs to watch his red meat intake or he’ll be dead by 40.
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    There are old, skinny women who eat more than that and have no health issues.
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    Nothing wrong with burgers and steaks that a little ketchup or steak sauce won’t cure…

  12. Clenbuterol is a bronchodilator. If he was eating enough tainted meat to test positive, he’d also be feeling amped up. So if I’m supposed to believe this story, instead of buying sudafed when I’m sick, I can just go run down to Tijuana and load up on street tacos? Ridiculous.
    #ClenTacos #StreetTacoCure

  13. This reminds me of the Rosewood/Taggart discussion in Becely Hills Cop…

    Clearly Brown will have way more than 5 pounds of undigested red meat in his bowels.

  14. Okay, so Brown tested positive for a banned substance because he ate a sufficient amount of meat contaminated with a PED. The NFL will accept this, but they refuse to believe that temperature changes will impact the PSI of a football.

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