NFLPA: Lane Johnson made “factually inaccurate” statement on tainted supplement

AP

Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson is facing a 10-game suspension for taking a banned substance that he says was in a supplement that the NFL Players Association had approved for players to take. The NFLPA says that’s not the case.

Johnson said the app the NFLPA has for players to get information on supplements had told him that he could take the supplement without running afoul of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. But NFLPA spokesman George Atallah says Johnson is wrong, and wrong to say that the NFLPA isn’t helping its members.

“We always stand up for the rights of our players,” Atallah said in a statement. “Mr. Johnson’s statements are factually inaccurate and we have been in touch with both Lane and his agent, who now understand the facts. The NFLPA does not approve any supplements or substances.”

Although the NFLPA does use the app to help players check the list of ingredients on supplement labels against the list of banned substances, that doesn’t necessarily mean taking a supplement will be safe as far as league policy is concerned. Supplements sometimes contain substances not listed on the labels, and the NFL reserves the right to hold players responsible for anything in their bodies, even if they ingest a substance accidentally.

“We constantly remind all players that even if a supplement is ‘checked green’ the supplement provider may not list certain ingredients therein that a player can test positive for,” Atallah said. “For several years, the NFLPA has provided a free service to every NFL player who wishes to have us test a supplement they send to us and this service was offered to Lane.”

Johnson has previously served a four-game suspension for a first violation of the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy. He is now appealing his second violation. If that appeal is unsuccessful, he will be suspended for 10 games.

28 responses to “NFLPA: Lane Johnson made “factually inaccurate” statement on tainted supplement

  1. So the NFLPA provides a service to its members, and the service is false and inaccurate?

    No wonder the owners always screw the union over. They’re so incompetent.

  2. I am an Eagles fan and Johnson is lying like all the cheaters do. Blame the league, blame the PA, blame the dude behind the counter at GNC. Blame everyone but the one caught cheating for the second time. Simply put some substances are masking agents for others and no one knows what else Johnson ingested to cause a positive test result.

  3. “Supplements sometimes contain substances not listed on the labels, and the NFL reserves the right to hold players responsible for anything in their bodies, even if they ingest a substance accidentally”

    Maybe, just maybe, the NFL’s Substance policy is a little too draconian. You take an approved supplement, it may contain a substance not listed and therefore not known to you, suspended 10 games. Does anyone really believe this secret unknown substance, hidden in an approved supplement, somehow makes a player stronger or run faster?

  4. And the Eagles are the only team in the NFC East that have never won a Super Bowl.

    Cowboys 5 Super Bowl Wins
    Giants 4 Super Bowl Wins
    Redskins 3 Super Bowl Wins
    Eagles Zero Super Bowl Wins

  5. I don’t know why the league can’t have an official NFL approved line of supplements. They could hire an independent firm to vet any submitted supplements. It could even require submitting companies to pay for the process to avoid frivolous submissions. The league could then provide the approved supplements and it could end up being a moneymaker as well as avoiding any confusion. If the league provided the supplements, they would have lot numbers and a tracking systems in place. This “gotcha” game that’s being played now doesn’t serve anybody.

  6. Enjoy your vacation without pay Mr Johnson.

    You failed the test, lied about the circumstances and now you need to take ownership of your actions.

  7. @BigShaun

    The service includes sending them a sample to analyze. Lane was offered that service and didn’t use it. It’s not the NFLPA’s fault. It’s his.

  8. “Although the NFLPA does use the app to help players check the list of ingredients on supplement labels against the list of banned substances, that doesn’t necessarily mean taking a supplement will be safe as far as league policy is concerned.”

    What does that word salad even mean?

    What good is the app if it shows a green check mark next to a supplement that isn’t good?

    This is garbage.

    I hope Lane wins his appeal.

  9. As you can see I’m an Eagles Fan so take this for what it’s worth.

    Just a couple things standout to me as I have read up on Lane Johnson.

    (1) This is his second positive test for a PED, yet in the first case he tested positive for Adderall which he has a prescription for from a doctor and which is no longer on the NFL banned substances list. Why this still counts as a PED violation I really don’t know considering the League removed it from the list, so by doing so they are acknowledging it has no use for performance gain which after all is the point of the list to begin with.

    (2) It sounds like Lane was keeping both a diet and supplement log, suggesting he wanted to make sure he didn’t run into problems again hence only using approved supplements off the NFLPA app. Now I’m not sure what good this app is to any player if you can’t count on what it recommends.

    (3) Look what does it say about the NFLPA when they will stand behind a player who kills someone but when they may be in legal jeopary them self (civil) they cut and run on a member. The guy does pay union dues correct? I’m pretty sure they have a fiduciary duty to him!

    (4) Look rules are rules but seriously the NFL needs a master list of supplements all players can safely take. The statement a players is responsible for anything he takes is nothing more than passing the buck so they bear no responsibility them self.

    This is something all teams and fans should want!

    Saves us a lot of finger pointing.

  10. The NFLPA provides a means to both read & test the ingredients in any supplement a player wants to take. It’s not the NFL’s or NFLPA’s fault when a player doesn’t take the necessary steps to ensure that what they put in their body doesn’t contain a banned substance.

    Now when is that HGH testing going to started…

  11. I blame the NFLPA here for providing an app that gives false information. If you make an app that inaccurately gives the players the green light, why even have it to begin with? And players should not believing EVERYTHING the NFLPA and NFL says.

  12. The NFLPA is inept.
    Goodell is inept.
    Yet, because we love football so much, everyone makes money hand over fist.
    A collection of shaven orangutans could show better leadership on either side.

  13. How can you believe any of the excuses with the money at risk.

    The concept in play is plausible deniability.

    The players who get caught are not innocent but they all have well rehearsed “play the victim” pathetic stories.

    If you want to believe them please give me your contact information I have some real estate I would like to sell you.

  14. BIGGSHAUN says:
    Aug 13, 2016 2:56 PM
    So the NFLPA provides a service to its members, and the service is false and inaccurate?
    ===============

    Once again we see that while reading is fundamental comprehension remains, sadly, optional.

  15. I agree with the poster who stated that so many commentator’s are in such a rush to post they don’t read or comprehend the story.

    This isn’t about the NFL or the NFLPA kids… this is about the Man cheating the system then complaining about it. Be a man, Lane and accept the punishment. Unless you’re Richard Sherman, and the pee cup was tainted, you won’t win this one.

  16. Well there goes the helpful app the players have been using to check their supplements.THANKS LANE!

  17. Bottom line is that the PLAYER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT HE PUTS IN HIS BODY. Lane can whine all day about an “app” and “approved (fill in the blank)” but HE TOOK THE SUPPLEMENT without testing it so, he can take the consequences. If he were so worried about not testing positive, he could have sent the supplement to be tested on his own – he has the money. Now, his huge new guaranteed $$ are at risk. Own it, Lane.

  18. jeremy2020 says:
    Aug 13, 2016 5:37 PM
    This guy reminds me of Brady
    ********************************
    except this guy’s 1st offense was a 4 game suspension, and he was guilty. Brady is innocent and the punishment is 4 games, 1 million $$, loss of a 1st rd. pick, loss of a 4th rd. pick… Seems fair,… if your name is Goodell or your jealous.

  19. “For several years, the NFLPA has provided a free service to every NFL player who wishes to have us test a supplement they send to us and this service was offered to Lane.”

    Owned.

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