Confusion reigns regarding Lane Johnson situation

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At this point, only one thing about the Lane Johnson situation is known with clarity: Once again, someone leaked information in defiance of clear confidentiality provisions of the substance-abuse and PED policies.

The media conglomerate owned and operated by the NFL reported, along with other entities, that Johnson is facing a 10-game suspension for what would be a second career violation of the PED policy. Johnson initially said nothing is going on. He then reportedly told Jay Glazer of FOX that Johnson took an approved amino acid that tested for peptide, a banned substance.

Meanwhile, Johnson’s agent, Ken Sarnoff, issued a statement that seems to contradict Johnson’s explanation to Glazer.

“We are aware that a member of the media has started a rumor that Lane will be suspended for a PED violation,” Sarnoff said in a statement. “Lane has not been suspended and any report to the contrary is false. Nonetheless, we will not comment on my client’s protected health information.”

Technically, Johnson hasn’t been suspended. Yet. He has appeal rights, and as of 2014 those rights are resolved not by the league office but by a neutral panel of arbitrators. Technically, no one should even know that Johnson is facing any discipline at all until the appeal process is final.

If Johnson is facing a 10-game suspension and if the suspension is upheld, Johnson’s guaranteed money in the contract he signed earlier this year will be voided, and he will be one strike away from a minimum banishment of 24 months.

11 responses to “Confusion reigns regarding Lane Johnson situation

  1. Look on the bright side, Lane. Two years will give time for your hair to grow back and your complexion to clear up. You might be down to 212 pounds, but your spouse will love you.

  2. Mike you are consistently against NFL employees leaking information in violation of the CBA. Should an NFL employee with information avoid calling you with a tip in fear of being exposed by you?

    There isn’t a right or wrong answer it is just surprising to see a journalist with probably the most up-to-date website there is for NFL news calling sources “violators” or similar meaning names.

  3. I know I don’t keep up with all the legal nuances about this stuff but this all seems a bit odd. Peptides are simply chains of amino acids. Longer chains are polypeptides. Guess you get a firing squad for one of those.

  4. Agree, they stink even before the first game. No receivers of any quality, no running backs of any quality. New head coach a mystery and the old GM is back and after trading numerous draft choices for a QB who won’t and can’t play is again proving he knows nothing of running a pro team. The Eagles are where they usually are. Wishing.

  5. I love this site, here’s this story in a nutshell.

    So, there this guy that took drugs and now he’s in trouble but I shouldn’t know he’s in trouble and the guys that told me about it are bad men and shouldn’t have told me he’s in trouble but I’m going to tell you about it anyway even though nobody should know about it. But they’re bad men, very bad men. But…drugs…

  6. I would think that Eagles fans would want him cut from the team. So many self righteous Eagles fans attack supposed cheaters on other teams and act like they have none on their own???

  7. ken sarnoff, the agent, is a weasel. he is getting cute relative to verb tense.

    true, lane HAS NOT been suspended. and true, any report to the contrary is false. that contrary report would be that lane HAS BEEN suspended, which is not what was reported.

    what was reported was that lane FACES suspension ie COULD BE SUSPENDED IN THE FUTURE and IS appealing.

    past tense vs future tense. what a weasel.

  8. “Johnson took an approved amino acid that tested for peptide, a banned substance.”

    Peptide is not a “banned substance.” It’s also impossible for a supplement to “have a peptide in it” as Mike says in the video.

    Peptides are chains of amino acids. The body naturally produces them. They build muscle mass and some supplements produce such a preponderance of peptides that they create an unfair advantage. Others are cleared because they produce peptides below an approved threshold.

    This is why the B-Sample is important. If it also contains a high peptide count, then it’s likely that Lane took a banned amino acid (or was sold a bill of goods by an inept trainer). But if the B-sample is below the threshold, Lane should be cleared.

  9. I can hear the Pigeons’ gums flapping now. Don’t fret little guys, you may never have won, or will win, a Super Bowl, but you were a dream team once.

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