Julian Edelman: PED suspension was a “low time”

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Patriots receiver and Super Bowl LIII MVP Julian Edelman serves as the subject of a documentary that debuts on Friday night. Edelman’s story includes a four-game suspension last year for violating the league’s PED policy.

As noted by Boston.com, the documentary doesn’t necessarily exhibit much contrition for Edelman’s use of a substance that gave him an unfair and improper advantage as he recovered from a torn ACL. The documentary also doesn’t go into the details of the suspension, and while Edelman acknowledges that he “put myself in this situation” and “screwed up,” the documentary includes Snoop Dogg reading the text of the suspension letter, a not-so-subtle effort to blur the lines between the league’s prohibition on Snoop’s activity of choice and flat-out cheating by using a performance-enhancing compound.

Through it all, Edelman has managed to avoid ever having to answer tough questions about the PED violation. In a town hall with SiriusXM NFL Radio, Edelman once again tiptoed around the circumstances of his infraction.

“It was a low time,” Edelman said. “You’re already battling mentally if you can do it like you did it. And then all of a sudden you have this, you’re dealing with this, and then you’re dealing with everyone outside of your life and what people are saying and dealing with and you can’t really get too involved into because you’re ultimately trying to get yourself back to playing football. It’s not like you’re 100 percent going out here and dealing with all these things, and you’re fine. You still have a task at hand, and that was one of the biggest parts of my journey back — one of the toughest times where I really had to compartmentalize with how to deal with my injury, my suspension, with being a balanced family member and getting back from my injury. And that was a very tough time. . . . It was honestly — it was probably the toughest time of my life at that point.”

It hasn’t been as tough as it could have been, because he still hasn’t been pressed to admit to what he took, why he took it, and whether he knew when he took it that he was taking something he shouldn’t be taking. Jim Miller of SiriusXM NFL Radio became the latest interrogator to do little interrogating of Edelman on this point, discussing the violation with arguable nonchalance by pointing out that Miller also served a four-game suspension for violating the PED policy during his own playing career.

Sorry, but Edelman cheated. And he’s never really owned the fact that he cheated. Until someone forces him to own it, he likely never will.

41 responses to “Julian Edelman: PED suspension was a “low time”

  1. If cheating means he did whatever he could to get back on the field as fast as possible after a devastating injury, I agree, he cheated. Is there room in the game for that type of cheating? I know there’s no room in the game for players looking for a physical edge. That’s cheating cheating then.

  2. ariani1985 says:
    June 25, 2019 at 7:22 pm
    Covering up for 2 yard Tom? Stay tuned folks


    It must suck to know “2 yard Tom” is better than any QB that has ever or will ever play for whatever team you root for.

    #Jealousy

  3. Lol. If Edelman was not a New England Patriot this would get lumped in with all the other PED suspensions around the league. Instead it gets harped on like it was the one big scandal in an otherwise totally rule abiding league of football players.

    Point 2 – I have a hunch he knew he was doing it, knew he would likely get caught and have to serve four. But because of his age and the injury he needed to come back from the alternative was quite possibly ending his career. When you are staring at that picture suddenly missing the first four games looks like the better deal. (Especially when you follow that up with a SB MVP). I think most players confronted with those choices would heavily consider the same path Edelman took. I also think most of the guys doing the faux outrage thing, if they were in that situation, would make the same choice.

  4. I find it hard to believe you made such strident remarks WITHOUT knowing what Edelman took and when he took, AND under what circumstances. I COULD have been something his doctor recommended, and he didn’t know it would test bad. If that’s the case then he still would have been suspended, but it would have hard to call him a “cheater” if it was simply an error.

    That being said, if the situation was a “friend” gave him some HGH with the idea it would speed his recovery and he took it KNOWING that it was wrong, THEN I would agree that Edelman cheated the system and could be call one.

    But you don’t know…..I don’t know, and who knows what Edelman took might be deemed OK in the next CBA. HGH SHOULD be available to injured players during recovery as long as its out of their systems before they take the field again. (just my humble opinion)

  5. NfL can’t even tell him what sort of PED he’s supposedly taken. Don’t get me wrong, I still think he likely crossed the line in his effort to recover, but how deliberate was it? (eg was he sold something on the basis it was a gray area rather than a sure no-no?). How can he even mount a defense (or if he’s not sure what flagged, figure to make sure not to take it again? I mean it’s not like his wife gets his HGH or Goodell totally has his back like Peyton enjoyed.

  6. firerogergoodellnow says: The NFL should ban PED users from the postseason.
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    That’d screw the recent Eagles and Broncos SBs for starters, plus many others, and don’t even think about the 2000s, 1990s or 1980s – or in fact any year at all before about 2014.

  7. If he used Hgh to recover from his injury I don’t have an issue with it and it would be worth the suspension

  8. We know you like to use inflammatory words. We also know from your article, that you don’t know what he took. When he took it. If he played using it. All you know is the NFL says he broke a rule, and paid the penalty for it. If breaking a rule is cheating, everyone who gets flagged got caught cheating. All you or I know is the NFL says he broke a rule for PEDs, and he allowed the penalty to be enforced.

  9. Let’s put it another way. If all the popular players in the NFL get hurt in week 1 (and by popular I mean the guys fans actually go to the game to see play) and they will be out for the year. Unless they take this banned substance magic potion, then they will be back in week 7. What do you think the NFL would do then?

  10. Edelman should own it like Rodney Harrison did when he was injured. He took it to heal, regrets it, etc.

  11. “…the league’s prohibition on Snoop’s activity of choice…”

    Whatever could you mean by that? LOL

  12. Give it a rest Mike, these guys do what they can to survive. The guy is 5-9. You get popped, you do the time, you don’t take that one again and you move on. It’s not cheating, it’s surviving the NFL in your 30’s.

  13. “Sorry, but Edelman cheated. And he’s never really owned the fact that he cheated. Until someone forces him to own it, he likely never will.”

    As opposed to all the other players who have been the soul of contrition?

  14. tylawspick6 says:
    June 25, 2019 at 7:27 pm
    Gomer Manning..ahem…ahem

    at least edelman served his suspension

    roger goodell cheated

    my goodness
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    Where there’s smoke there’s fire. A lot of smoke coming from Foxboro so to accuse Goodell of cheating the Patriots when you can look up pictures of Goodell at Kraft’s house and the numerous cheating scandals they were involved in were caught by opposing teams instead of Goodell is crazy. All the thumbs ups you have received just shows how most Pedriot fans don’t have a clue about their team.

  15. It’s one thing to be a snobby as a Bostonian but rallying around the stains of their organization demonstrate their overall lack of intelligence.

  16. I would suggest that most guys who are busted for PED’s coming off a major injury/surgery probably took HGH, certainly against the rules but probably should be legal. Nevertheless he should just “own” it, doesn’t diminish his incredible story though.

  17. its how you respond to mistakes that define your personality. i give everybody the benefit of the doubt. except tyreek hill. im not perfect. neither is julian. the fire in his belly is stronger now. get it buddy!!

  18. mattcro0172 says:
    June 25, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Give it a rest Mike, these guys do what they can to survive. The guy is 5-9. You get popped, you do the time, you don’t take that one again and you move on. It’s not cheating, it’s surviving the NFL in your 30’s.

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    Cheating is cheating. Taking a substance to improve performance or gain an advantage to heal quicker is cheating. It doesn’t matter if you are 5’9″ or 6’4″, 25 or 35. Cheating is cheating. It’s not surviving, it’s cheating. It’s a slap in the face to anyone that does it clean.

  19. Sorry, but Edelman cheated. And he’s never really owned the fact that he cheated. Until someone forces him to own it, he likely never will.”

    I’m missing something here. The NFL found Edelman broke the rules, aka cheated, and they applied a penalty, which he served. So why should he be “forced” to do anything further?

    Take the example of somebody tried for a crime who refuses to testify against himself. If he’s convicted and serves his time, he’s done, right? “Paid his debt to society” as they say. There’s no rule or convention that after he’s released he has to confess and issue a mea culpa. Football is no different. Serve your time and be done with it.

  20. Should have handled it like Watson. Own up to your actions and people are generally more forgiving and will move on.

  21. ‘An unfair and improper advantage?’ On this century’s New England Patriots?

  22. He was forced to own it when he was suspended for four games. His medical information and history is a matter of confidentiality, and he has no obligation to share it with the world.

    Dude didn’t beat a woman or child. Let’s not ostracize him for doing what countless other professional athletes have done, getting caught, and serving the punishment doled out. Time to move on.

  23. Riddle me this haters..
    If Edelman got suspended the 1st four games of that season for taking PEDs, when did he take them? So if you figured that part out the next question is how did he cheat? PED stands for performance enhancing drug… You know, to make yourself “better” than the guy you line up against. The season had not started yet. So who was he trying to be better than?

  24. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    June 25, 2019 at 7:31 pm
    Meanwhile, Von Miller cheated the drug testing system causing a new protocol to be put in place , yet he’s never labeled a cheat! Isn’t that weird!

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    Denver and New England are completely different standards.

  25. “Through it all, Edelman has managed to avoid ever having to answer tough questions about the PED violation.”

    What questions did he avoid? The league office (and I think Goodell himself) spoke to him and questioned him until they were satisfied they had what they needed to render their decision. He then abided by that decision. That means he spoke to and answered everyone that he had to. Anyone else thinking he owes them something is sitting on a big ol’ false sense of entitlement.

  26. I don’t get it. He got caught and was punished. He doesn’t owe anyone anything. He’s far from the only player who has taken PEDa to recover. Doesn’t make it right, but he served the punishment. He doesn’t have to repent to the media.

  27. war27 says:
    June 25, 2019 at 9:14 pm
    mattcro0172 says:
    June 25, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Give it a rest Mike, these guys do what they can to survive. The guy is 5-9. You get popped, you do the time, you don’t take that one again and you move on. It’s not cheating, it’s surviving the NFL in your 30’s.

    —————————–

    Cheating is cheating. Taking a substance to improve performance or gain an advantage to heal quicker is cheating. It doesn’t matter if you are 5’9″ or 6’4″, 25 or 35. Cheating is cheating. It’s not surviving, it’s cheating. It’s a slap in the face to anyone that does it clean.

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    Sorry but no. Its surviving. The normal time it takes to heal from such an injury and then the additional time to work back to 100%, allowing thats still a possibility, would have run right off the end of his career. So if the difference is ‘done and over’ vs ‘playing again the following year’ thats about survival. This actually exposes a flaw in the NFL rules in that sometimes a player has to choose between using something or they are done. (Lets face it, we all know Payton Manning faced a similar choice, and there are other cases) They need to tweak that so that there is a way a player can save their career without having to venture outside the rulebook. I saw a suggestion above that they should allow certain substances to be used for healing on the condition that the substance is completely gone from their system before they can play again. That makes sense. Because of the time it takes to leach completely out this would limit the use to major injuries that cost whole seasons and careers.

    This is not an apology or defense of Edelman. Whether or not the rules need adjustment he broke them as they stand today and it was just and right that he serve the punishment for that (also defined by the rules). But lets all admit that if we are faced with our careers that our entire lives are based on being over unless we go outside the rules, almost any of us will go outside the rules. Because survival always comes first when its your own survival you are faced with. Even a guy that uses the word cheating six times in a two line comment would make that choice if it was his own survival on the line. Its worth thinking about that before saying another guy should not be putting his own survival first.

  28. If PED’s gets you back on the field after a torn ACL faster and they are prescribed by a doctor how is that not legal?

    The rule just sounds stupid when you contrast it to a potential career ending injury.

  29. Yes we get it. Patriots are the only ones who cheat. No other cheating matters and how those players react to it do not matter.

    If this is the price of winning constantly it is worth it. Love reading articles from hypocrites with double standards.

  30. The sixth pick, ” They need to tweak that so that there is a way a player can save their career without having to venture outside the rulebook.”

    So you are saying by the rules he cheated. The rules are in place for everyone, large or small, young or old. You don’t get a pass because of circumstances.

    He cheated. The end.

  31. The final line in this article says it all:

    “Sorry, but Edelman cheated. And he’s never really owned the fact that he cheated. Until someone forces him to own it, he likely never will.”

    Despite the excuses and justifications of their annoying fan base, Edelman did exactly what the asterisked Pats are known for: cheating.

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