Taylor Lewan will appeal his PED suspension

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On Wednesday, Titans tackle Taylor Lewan disclosed that he’s facing a PED suspension. On Thursday, he told reporters he’ll appeal the banishment.

He’ll do it “became I’m innocent,” Lewan said, via Jim Wyatt of the team’s official website.

Lewan also explained that he had hoped to handle the news of the failed PED test differently, but that outside events forced his hand.

“I told the team today that I wanted to tell them before [posting a video on social media],” Lewan told reporters. “It’s unfortunate because a lot of media people started to sniff around, started to get ahold of it, and I just wanted to make sure that I was the one to break the news.”

His goal had been to make the suspension as little of a distraction as possible, but while also making clear his position that he didn’t intentionally break the rules.

“I just wanted to make it clear to them that I didn’t take anything knowingly,”. Lewan said regarding his message to his teammates. “I know what the policy is and I know people will have their split opinions on it, but I’ve never done anything knowingly that would cheat the game. I’m getting all my supplements tested right now and doing all that but for the most part what I said in the video is true.”

He probably misspoke at the end, since if “for the most part what I said in the video is true,” this implies that some lies were floating around in the video. Also, while it probably was just a sign of nerves, his pause and quick glance to the right when explaining in the video that he passed a polygraph test could be interpreted by those who read body language as a tell that he may not have been telling the truth.

Even if everything he has said is 100 percent accurate and truthful, the fact remains that a banned substance showed up in his urine. Unless he can attack the sample-collection or sample-testing process, whether he knowingly or unknowingly took a banned substance simply does not matter.

Given that so many players who test positive make the same claim, Lewan decided to be even more aggressive and zealous in his denial. If it works, that could become the new normal for guys who violate the PED policy but who wish to escape being regarded as cheaters.

The better new normal for all players would be to confine their list of chosen supplements to the pre-approved and pre-tested menu of supplements as identified by the NFL and the NFL Players Association.

21 responses to “Taylor Lewan will appeal his PED suspension

  1. OMG stop. Just admit that you took a banned substance.
    This is a “Michigan man” for you. SMH

    The NFL has a dispensary for supplements that is available for players. This dispensary includes products that are KNOWN to NOT include banned substances.
    Why didn’t Lewan use this in order to protect himself in case he popped positive on a test?
    Players just want to cheat….

  2. I doubt he will win an appeal. Rog would never go for that. Anyway you look at it, he is out $2.4 mill this year.

  3. NFL fans don’t care about this. Players have long been using supplements deemed as cheating and will continue to do so. Last year’s Super Bowl MVP was caught and no one cared.

  4. When hundreds of thousands of dollars in potential suspension income loss is at stake, I have a VERY hard time believing these guys don’t have safeguards in place to prevent this…I almost never hear who by name is “really” responsible and never hear of lawsuits following these suspensions against those the player feels would be responsible. I guess they just say “I didn’t know” and hope they catch the commish on a good day.

  5. dryzzt23 says:
    July 25, 2019 at 1:41 pm
    OMG stop. Just admit that you took a banned substance.
    This is a “Michigan man” for you. SMH

    The NFL has a dispensary for supplements that is available for players. This dispensary includes products that are KNOWN to NOT include banned substances.
    Why didn’t Lewan use this in order to protect himself in case he popped positive on a test?
    Players just want to cheat….

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    the nfl doesnt “approve” supplements, they tell the players if they have banned substances in them. but if a different batch of the same supplement has a trace amount of whatever is illegal, you wouldnt know until it was too late, and the NFL absolutely WILL penalize you, you dont get a pass because they said the original one was clean.

  6. Should NFLPA players be allowed to take PEDs?
    Fine. Go right ahead…BUT every player, their agents, and the NFLPA should be forced to sign a waiver to waive any past, present, or future liability for the NFL and its franchises for any “damages” sought now or later in life.
    I do NOT want to see players allowed to smoke weed or take PEDs and ultimately turn around and blame the NFL and its franchises for allowing them to do so.
    So if you want to use PEDs, then give up any and all rights to ligation over PEDs against the NFL or its franchises.

  7. dryzzt23 says:
    July 25, 2019 at 1:41 pm
    OMG stop. Just admit that you took a banned substance.
    This is a “Michigan man” for you. SMH

    The NFL has a dispensary for supplements that is available for players. This dispensary includes products that are KNOWN to NOT include banned substances.
    Why didn’t Lewan use this in order to protect himself in case he popped positive on a test?
    Players just want to cheat…
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    The nfl also has an app for players to check to see which substances are approved by the nfl. Lane Johnson took an “approved” substance on their nfl app but wasn’t approved by the league and was told it was his job to check with the league. Can’t always trust the league and their guidelines.

  8. “Last year’s Super Bowl MVP was caught and no one cared.”

    Not true. People complained bitterly about Edelman playing in the SB and getting the MVP, and suggested adopting the MLB policy of if you fail a PED test not being allowed to play in the post season.

    Of course that was because it was a Patriot, not because they really want the policy change. When Lane Johnson failed a PED test for the 2nd time the previous season those same people were all ecstatic when the Eagles beat the Pats in the SB and not a single one of them suggested Johnson shouldn’t have been allowed to play or the policy should be changed regarding post season play.

    #doublestandards

  9. He will lose the appeal, the Titans will start 0-4, Mariota will get hurt within those 4 games without his best lineman, and the only thing the Titans will be competing for is a chance to draft Tua in 2020.

  10. Lewan was having nightmares every night about the Jags D Line dominating him … Nagkoue , Allen , Campbell , Jones, Dareus etc … So he took PED’s because he couldn’t handle it anymore … Easy way out … Whether he is on the field or not … Jags D line and the Best overall Defense in the League is coming for you and there is nothing you can do about it !
    #JagNationRiseUp

  11. Or the NFL could offer a substance service team to research any new drugs a player is intending to take and provide approval or denial, thus avoiding this whole silly pointless problem.

  12. Also, while it probably was just a sign of nerves, his pause and quick glance to the right when explaining in the video that he passed a polygraph test could be interpreted by those who read body language as a tell that he may not have been telling the truth.

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    Looked down and to the right is a big tell. I’d trust that read more than any polygraph test – which are almost completely bogus. Pushing ones toe down on a thumbtack when trying to cover a lie during a polygraph works. And to the other side – The polygrapher can make you feel like you are guilty before administering the test and get a false negative.

    Polygraphs are based largely on emotions. Are you naturally nervous when being questioned? Grow up with “Catholic guilt”? Then don’t take a polygraph if there is anything on the line.

  13. Take the supplements he was taking and have them tested at the lab. It’s simple, fast and an easy way to prove his innocence. The fact these players don’t do this says a lot.

  14. Wrong team. If he’d been a Chief he’d have stood a chance, but Titans can’t challenge the Patriots, sorry dude.

  15. yodaddycrapper says:
    July 25, 2019 at 2:41 pm
    Lewan was having nightmares every night about the Jags D Line dominating him … Nagkoue , Allen , Campbell , Jones, Dareus etc … So he took PED’s because he couldn’t handle it anymore … Easy way out … Whether he is on the field or not … Jags D line and the Best overall Defense in the League is coming for you and there is nothing you can do about it !
    #JagNationRiseUp

    Wow, best D in the league. They look like a high school team every time they play the Titans. Jags are pitiful. Try and win a game against us and then brag…. #Titanup

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