NFL suspends Victor Bolden four games for PEDs

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The NFL has suspended 49ers receiver Victor Bolden the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Bolden is eligible to return October 1, following the 49ers’ September 30 game against the Chargers. He can participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

Bolden, 23, said he “unknowingly” used a supplement on the NFL’s banned substance list.

“As a professional athlete, I take full responsibility for not verifying the ingredients of the supplement,” Bolden said, via a statement released by the team. “In the future, I will be much better educated when choosing what to put in my body. It hurts to know that I will not be on the field with my team for the first four games of the season.”

Bolden played nine games last season, returning four punts for 23 yards and 19 kickoffs for 396 yards. He played 27 snaps on offense and 122 on special teams.

“Victor made an unintentional mistake, but learned a valuable lesson,” 49ers General Manager John Lynch said. “Professional athletes must be meticulous in their supplement choices. We know Victor is disappointed, but we hope this is a reminder to all our players how important it is to make educated decisions on what to put in their bodies.”

15 responses to “NFL suspends Victor Bolden four games for PEDs

  1. Whether they actually took it without knowledge or not, players should just keep quiet and not put out statements like these. They’ve been caught with an illegal substance in their body and punishment has already been handed out. Either call out the manufacturers or keep quiet and do the time.

  2. If players are a commodity, why don’t teams iniate their supplemental intakes? They are an asset to the
    Organization. It’s like owing a fleet of trucks and never doing any upkeep. The excuses are beyond ridiculous in this day and age.

  3. ugh…lynch has already become insufferable so far as a gm with constantly and publicly gushing over himself, but this is priceless stuff.

    “unknowingly”

    teams have numerous doctors and training staff

    just admit you tried something you should not have and move on

  4. If players are a commodity, why don’t teams iniate their supplemental intakes? They are an asset to the
    Organization. It’s like owing a fleet of trucks and never doing any upkeep. The excuses are beyond ridiculous in this day and age.
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    Is this a serious take? Players aren’t always under team supervision. They can go to GNC and buy products that are banned. Teams can’t monitor them 24/7. Duh

  5. When they go to GNC, didn’t their great union give them a list of banned substances? Aren’t they college graduates, who can decipher? Do they not have great physicians, nutritionist whom they can inquire to, as to a banned substance, probably 24/7? It seems every year they fail to realize the resources afforded them.

  6. tylawspick6 says:
    June 1, 2018 at 5:17 pm
    ugh…lynch has already become insufferable so far as a gm with constantly and publicly gushing over himself, but this is priceless stuff.

    “unknowingly”

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    What’s more insufferable than your gripe is your annoying lack of reading comprehension.

    “BOLDEN, 23, said he “unknowingly” used a supplement”

    I’m just surprised you didn’t tie a salary cap slant to this.

  7. 700levelvet says:
    June 1, 2018 at 4:27 pm
    If players are a commodity, why don’t teams iniate their supplemental intakes?
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    chc4 says:
    June 1, 2018 at 5:41 pm
    Is this a serious take? Players aren’t always under team supervision. They can go to GNC and buy products that are banned. Teams can’t monitor them 24/7. Duh
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    @chc4 – no, I agree with 700levelvet, in this day and age with all the nutrition science out there and all the time and huge monies invested in these players (and all the concerns over PEDs etc), why don’t teams assess and provide tailored supplements to all their players, monitored by a league appointed nutrition panel? Not that it could be monitored “24/7”, but given that since 2015 the players all now have to have bio-passporting and random year-round PED testing, the teams need to massively step up their game on supplements – and it would help players avoid genuine mistakes, gives them a defense.

  8. @Tylawspicks

    The irony of it all is your fan of a team that has been caught cheating (spy gate) and lives in denial about it and have no room to criticize other organizations. I hate the Raiders and even I know that was a fumble (tuck rule). Pats fans Constantly blame it on “they are just out to get us” or blaming Goodell and anybody else you can. It’s always somebody else’s fault and never the Pats.

    Pats nation should be instead thanking Goodell for burning the tapes and covering up their tracks.

    Brady is a great QB no denying. Bellichek is a great coach no denying. I think Bellichek is the flat out best coach in the league. I’m not even saying those Lombardi’s don’t belong in Foxborough because, what’s done has been done and they won the super bowl that season. But don’t try sitting here on a pedastol and act like the Pats are gods gift to football and troll other fan bases.

  9. Johnnyrockets says:

    We don’t need him,,,bubye
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    ya because Clara is totally loaded at wide receiver……lol!

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