Julian Edelman hides behind “league rules” to avoid discussing PED suspension

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Patriots receiver Julian Edelman ended the season with the Super Bowl LIII MVP award. He started the season with a four-game PED suspension.

And Edelman consistently refuses to discuss any of the details related to whatever it was that caused him to violate the policy against the use of performance enhancers.

People don’t know what happened,” Edelman told Peter King of Football Morning in America. “I can’t sit here and [due to] the league rules say what happened.”

That’s simply not true. The confidentiality provision of the PED policy protects the player; if the player chooses to waive his confidentiality rights, he can. If he wants to talk about the circumstances leading to the positive, he’s entitled to.

Waiving confidentiality comes with a risk, however. As revised in the aftermath of the current CBA, the PED policy permits the NFL’s Management Council to disclose information in order to “correct public claims made by [the] Player or his representatives about the discipline.”

In past years, players could claim whatever they wanted to claim, and the league could say nothing. Now, if the player offers a BS excuse or explanation for a positive PED test, the league has the right to call BS. Here, the BS comes from the basis for Edelman’s refusal to talk.

Technically, the league could call BS on that, if it wants. But the NFL likely doesn’t want to tarnish the Super Bowl MVP by issuing a statement that Edelman has made an incorrect public claim about his inability to discuss the PED violation.

King also asked Edelman if he believes the suspension was unjust.

“I’m not going down that road,” Edelman said. “I served what I had to serve and I accept that. I know a lot of people were disappointed in me for it. I apologize. It’ll never happen again.”

It’s hard to know whether what precisely happened last year will happen again without knowing what did happen in the first place. And apparently we never will.

66 responses to “Julian Edelman hides behind “league rules” to avoid discussing PED suspension

  1. Edelman is right. He took his punishment and that’s the end of it. I was just glad he didn’t come up with excuses as most players or owners do when they get caught using PEDs or drugs.
    If the media doesn’t like it that he doesn’t want to talk about it now, too bad.

  2. Headline on this article is complete garbage considering “Waiving confidentiality comes with a risk, however.” Imagine a Patriot being overly concerned that Roger Goodell’s NFL might decide to trump up a charge and punish him further. It’ll get the clicks though so mission accomplished, Florio.

  3. If he was on the cowboys you’d be crucifying him. Since he is on the patriots the media pats him on the back with a pass

  4. It’s because 3/4 of the team is on the special shake provided by the training staff go look at pictures from 6 years ago of Edeleman and don’t give me the gym rat stuff his whole face changed he can barely open his eyes cheats they are all cheaters on that team it’s ridiculous

  5. No one cares because they have the sense to realize this little guy using PEDs is not going to put anyone in greater danger.

    The NFL needs to put out a list of PEDs that can be used for healing and recovery with everything else not on that list earning a player a lifetime ban.

  6. You’re acting like he’s hiding and not saying a word when he gave his reason in the same interview.

    “when you’re told you can’t play football for four weeks because of something that happened that you really can’t get into because you really don’t know what happened”

    He’s not hiding, he literally stated his claim- that he doesn’t know why or how it happened. Whether that’s genuine or not is up to interpretation, and obviously the NFL would probably laugh at a defense of “I don’t know what happened”. At this point though the less he talks about it the better because it just means media outlets like this are going to sensationalize anything he says.

  7. PEDs speeds up the recovery process. I’m sure people will go on and on that Patriots cheat. However every team has had a player fail a test. it’s a gladiator sport and athletes are going to do what they can to get back on the field

    A players best ability is availability.

  8. His arms seemed a bit more cut…

    His intensity on the field increased dramatically…

    C’mon folks is it not obvious that he was taking steroids…or do you need a slide ruler to figure this out…?

  9. Non issue. Typical Florio attempt to tarnish Patriots while his beloved Steelers crash and burn.

    Patriots own Pittsburgh, and he can’t handle it.

  10. If he had a legitimate reason, he’d be talking about it and daring the league to prove him wrong. And if he was a mature, professional adult, with even an ounce of integrity, he’d own up to it. But he doesn’t have a legit reason, and he doesn’t have any integrity. So of course he clams up.

  11. “I know a lot of people were disappointed in me for it. I apologize”

    ==============

    It’s ok Julian, Pats fans think Pats players are entitled to cheat. They say you took *Performance Enhancing Drugs* not to better your performance, but “just to recover from a injury” (100% of players who take PED’s do it to gain a physical and performance advantage over other players)

    We do thank you for admitting that you took PED’s to gain a advantage over other players in the league and not to just recover from injury. You feel bad you got caught and “won’t do it again”

  12. Lance Armstrong lifetime suspension and records wiped from the books. NFL player four game suspension and Super Bowl MVP.

  13. “PED’s speed up the recovery process”

    ==========

    Even were that true and that were the only reason Pats players took PED’s as you falsely claim..

    It would still be CHEATING and done to gain a advantage!

    Rationalize it and lie to yourself all you want, but why try convincing others of your falsehoods and lies here? Just makes you and the Pats fan base look foolish.

  14. Michael E says:
    February 11, 2019 at 7:41 am
    Lance Armstrong lifetime suspension and records wiped from the books. NFL player four game suspension and Super Bowl MVP.
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    Actually Super Bowl MVP Von Miller did not receive a four game suspension for PEDs, or a lifetime suspension, he received a six game suspension.

  15. 6 time World Champions 🙂

    No team has won more Super Bowls.

    NO TEAM.

    No team deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as US.

    NOBODY.

    All hail the king!
    🙂

  16. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    February 11, 2019 at 7:23 am

    His intensity on the field increased dramatically…
    —————————————————————————————
    Compared to what?

  17. When he said “it won’t happen again” did he mean using PEDS or that he won’t get caught again? Cheaters get better at not getting caught, after they get caught.

  18. Why is it that even though NE has a lower # of PED instances than almost every other team, all these bandwagon posters claim that the Patriots are the only team that has ever had a player test positive? Ignorance? Envy? Both?

  19. Just a little CYA in case the Hall of Fame considers him. I think the league should reconsider the PEDs rules for recovery. Somehow it’s ok to pump these guys full of pain medicine during a game, but they can’t take medicine (under the care of a doctor) to recover from an injury? The league makes more money when the best players are on the field, so why not allow the best treatment when injured?

    I know the counter argument will be that guys will fake injuries to get on the juice. You could force players to have two non-team doctors recommend the treatment and be tested once a week for 8 weeks after the end of the treatment.

    I also prefer my guy Thomas Davis coming clean and saying “I took it to get back on the field faster” than Edelman’s cop out “I don’t know what happened”. If he really didn’t know what happened he could have filed an appeal and maybe even gotten some games back. He was hurt and trying to recover from a major injury and it paid off. But saying he doesn’t know makes it far worse in my mind.

  20. I guess what’s truly amusing, even with all the PEDs he’s taken over the last several years, (And let’s face it, he’s probably been taking them for the last several years before he finally got caught.) he’s still miles and miles away from even the slightest consideration for the NFL Hall of Fame.
    Patriot fans are funny.

  21. No matter what the circumstance I know one thing. If I were Edelman there is absolutely no way I would provide the league leverage to lower the boom on me. The likely scenario is he took a substance that was prohibited while in recovery. He likely took masking agents as well. It is likely it was well calculated and planned. The league just nailed him. Sometimes players get caught. There is no way Edelman will allow the league to turn those likelyhoods into certainties by giving up his right to privacy.

    Go Pats!
    Go SB MVP Edelman!

  22. I read these comments and shake my head at the fans who attack the character of Edelman because he repaired his body broken by NFL play so he could get back on the field. Sadly, losers never look in the mirror, instead they look to tear down winners. Peter King’s FMIA thread today outlines how hard Edelman works, that he is a team first guy, and a guy any NFL player would want as a teammate.

    I watched NFL Network’s replay of recent Super Bowls and focused on Goodell’s demeanor at the post game trophy presentation ceremony. Goodedll was a mess handing the trophy to the Patriots after beating Seattle, Atlanta and the Rams. They only time he was comfortable and upbeat was when he handed the trophy Jeffrey Lurie after the Eagles beat the Patriots.

    It seems clear to me that Edelman doesn’t have a guilty conscience but Goodell does.

  23. Most Patriots fans realize Edelman’s HOF status will be dictated by longevity. His body of work in the regular season is not sufficient even when supplemented by a superior body of work in the post season. He has over 400 catches in his last 64 regular season starts. If he can stay healthy and play another 3-4 seasons he will likely approach the top 40 all time in receptions. That is the point where his viability as a candidate for HOF becomes realistic but still no where near a certainty. Edelman has only been a primary starter in 5 seasons. He needs to get more games as a starter to even have a chance.

  24. The Patriots are just better than your team.. They work harder, they are better prepared, they have the greatest coach and the greatest QB in the history of the NFL.. You cant deal with it so you say they must be cheating… Losers mentality!!! Get better !!! That’s 6 Baby!!!

  25. It’s going to be a busy off season for the rules committee. First, they have to change the overtime rules so the Patriots are not allowed to touch the ball. Now, they have to prohibit the Patriots from the post season if any of their players serve a four game suspension.

  26. Not a Pats fan but it’s funny to see all the haters jump on this. Newsflash guys….half the NFL is on peds. Cheating is gaining an unfair advantage. If anything Edelman was just leveling the field a bit. Love all the fake outrage like this guy is some sort of anomaly.

  27. Just win baby. That is all the public cares about. If you cheat and win you will still be celebrated. If you lose they will crucify you and pretend to care. Humans are such sheep.

  28. If he doesn’t want to discuss it, then no one has a right to know the details according to the rules. The pathetic repeat drug abusers who get so many chances that it makes your head spin should be the ones whom we should be lambasting.

    If you are curious about something, then pursue the overt cheating that has plagued this franchise. There is the real story.

  29. I’m sure Edelman got the sage advice from Brady to smash his phone. And poof! Just like that, an iphone in pieces and a suspension guaranteed.

  30. Nobody knows what Edelman tested positive for. The NFL won’t tell us.

    The NFL won’t release the PSI measurements.

    Goodell shamelessly lied about Brady’s deflategate testimony and would have gotten away with it if Judge Berman agreed to keep it sealed which of course he didn’t.

    I think there’s plenty of good reasons to doubt the NFL’s narrative on this or anything at all.

    #Integrity

  31. SOOO often people say take your punishment like a man. He TRIES to do JUST that and people won’t leave it/him alone. He did what he did, on purpose or accidentally while rehabbing. He didn’t do it during the season while playing. If anything, it helped his rehab go a little more quickly. BFD. Media needs to let it go. He was clean every game of the season and was a beast in the SB, winning MVP. End of story.

  32. For Pete’s sake, show me a football player who doesn’t take PED’s and or Steroids. Please. Even Peyton Manning’s wife was taking them, if you believe the excuses.

  33. What exactly is the problem that he wont talk? Why exactly should he? I would not either. What upside is there to him reopening annd discusding that can of worms. Im sure his lawyers are telling him not to talk as well.

    Thats a crazy sense of entitlement for anyone that thinks anyone owes it to them to discuss their personal business with them just because they want to know so they could be able to turn around and tell others.

  34. patsifurnotcheetinurnottryin says:
    February 11, 2019 at 6:56 am
    It’s because 3/4 of the team is on the special shake provided by the training staff go look at pictures from 6 years ago of Edeleman and don’t give me the gym rat stuff his whole face changed he can barely open his eyes cheats they are all cheaters on that team it’s ridiculous
    ———-
    It’s called getting older. He’s not going to look 25 anymore.

  35. My guess is HGH to recover from the knee. For a limited time. He thought that it would no longer be traceable after a certain point but was nabbed anyway. He did and does not continue to use, so there is no risk going forward. But in his shoes, I am not sure I would do anything different. HGH has been shown to help athletes recover from severe injuries. Not everyone is given the Manning “It was for my wife” treatment. (I am pretty only Manning has been given a pass.) So he served his suspension and has moved on.

  36. The league has no idea what he was banned for. How could Edelman possible know?

    The truth of the matter is nobody wants to hear “I don’t know” so it’s easier to jsut avoid the entire subject completely.

  37. drocity says:
    February 14, 2019 at 11:57 am
    My guess is HGH to recover from the knee. For a limited time. He thought that it would no longer be traceable after a certain point but was nabbed anyway. He did and does not continue to use, so there is no risk going forward. But in his shoes, I am not sure I would do anything different. HGH has been shown to help athletes recover from severe injuries. Not everyone is given the Manning “It was for my wife” treatment. (I am pretty only Manning has been given a pass.) So he served his suspension and has moved on.
    =================
    I would suggest HGH is a bad guess. First and foremost that is the predominant substance the league is testing for. If they can’t detect it I would submit theor entire testing program needs a complete overhaul.

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