Golden Tate attributes failed PED test to fertility treatment

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Giants receiver Golden Tate will miss the first four games of the 2019 season, unless his appeal of a failed PED test prevails. Tate has issued a statement explaining the situation.

“This past April, during the offseason, my wife and I decided to see a specialist for fertility planning,” Tate said. “I started the treatment prescribed to me and just days later I discovered it contained an ingredient that is on the league’s banned substance list. I immediately discontinued use, I reported the situation to the Independent Administrator of the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances, and I spoke with my coaches and general manager. I did all of this well before a failed test was even confirmed.”

The timeline becomes important to fully understanding the situation. When did Tate start taking the substance? When was he tested? How long does the substance or its metabolites remain in the system?

Those are fair questions to ask, given that no players who fail PED tests ever say, “I tried to cheat, and I got caught.” Everyone (except Julian Edelman) has an excuse, and every excuse entails some version of the notion that the player didn’t intentionally take a banned substance.

Tate expressed “confiden[ce] in the facts,” but he didn’t explain the basis for his belief that an appeal will prevail. Given that the PED policy applies a standard of strict liability that makes players responsible for everything that is in their bodies,  intent doesn’t matter.

“During the entirety of my 10 year career I have taken great pride in playing this game the right way, have been an ambassador for the NFL and have never had any issues with the league’s policy,” Tate said. “The treatment this past April had no effect on the upcoming season, and I did not, and could not have undergone this treatment in April for any competitive advantage.”

That’s fine as a matter of P.R., but it’s irrelevant to the question of whether Tate will prevail on appeal.

And the lesson for all other players is simple. Before undergoing any course of medical treatment, whether for fertility or anything else, make sure the substance being ingested contains no banned substances under the PED policy before ever taking it.

64 responses to “Golden Tate attributes failed PED test to fertility treatment

  1. Eli Manning is now reconsidering giving his blessing to Jones starting at QB this year.

    Just kidding. Archie would make sure that Eli was starting even if Gettleman was out there catching passes.

  2. Not that Tate has any obligation to the public but all he has to do is show the NFL medical records and/or prescription for the treatment. He’s still “guilty” so I think he should serve the suspension. We don’t want a sudden spike in NFL players going for fertility treatment.

  3. That’s fine as a matter of P.R., but it’s irrelevant to the question of whether Tate will prevail on appeal.
    He cannot possibly prevail given the presence of a banned substance in a test sample and his admission that he took the substance. Maybe he is telling the truth or maybe he is lying. This is not the first time a fertility issue was blamed. Not that it matters as far as his appeal goes but when did he notify coaches, before or after his test?

  4. Doesn’t matter. That’s what people are so quick to say when it’s a player on another team. Although, the Giants are one of the teams Goodell is willing to look the other way for. On Mara’s orders he totally ignored when they publicly admitted tampering with the Steelers’ footballs and was going to allow a serial domestic abuser like Dave Brown Walk scot-free… Heck, Goodell will probably issue a public apology and give the Giants an extra draft pick…

  5. 30 year old man who KNOWS he has restrictions on substances allows an unnamed fertility “doctor” to give him medication without knowing what’s in it? Yeah, right. When you get busted, try your best to use kids or pets in your excuse.

  6. If you beat your kids, you keep playing. If you try to have kids, you sit for four games.

    Makes sense to me.

  7. Most overrated WR in the NFL.

    Who overrates Golden Tate??

  8. Golden Tate is a complete fool and he is in fact overrated. He was dumped by the Seahawks and went to the worst franchise in the NFL (Lions.) Now he’s drugging around and using conception to cover up his desperate attempt to stay in the NFL. Big mouth and little production on the field. I mean this guy said Stafford is a better QB than Wilson, clearly he’s on drugs.

  9. You would all be defending him if he was a superstar and or playing for your favorite team. We need to bring common sense into the banned substance thing in all sports. Players need to be able to have unrelated medical treatments that may contain substances that can be abused for performance. For example I imagine that Carrasco’s cancer treatments may involve steroids or something else banned. If he gets past this and returns to pitching should he be banned? And if performance enhancement is really the issue let’s ban procedures for vision correction as seeing the ball better will enhance performance. And putting steel plates to heal breaks is a strength enhancement.

  10. My wife and I did IVF and IUI treatments before we were able to have kids.

    Tates lying. Men dont have to take any medication for fertility treatments.

  11. Yeah… let’s lower the bar of good sportsmanship

    and play by the cheater’s rules.

  12. That’s one of the most creative explanations from a player. However, if you know that your going for fertility treatment and the doctor tells you about hormones, which I’m pretty sure a doctor would discuss, why wouldn’t see if the medicine contained a banned substance ? A professional athlete and hormone, shouldn’t that trigger some questions ?

  13. I’m going to guess it was Clomiphene, an estrogen blocker. A common drug used to increase testosterone. Banned for obvious reasons. The drug is also well Known for being on the banned list. If this is indeed what he took, he should have known better.

    His claim that clomiphene(If that is what he took) had no effect on the upcoming season, it laughable. Increasing your testosterone during training right before OTAs will have an effect.

  14. “yup I cheated and you caught me”

    Because they didn’t exactly catch him. He turned himself in before the tests.

  15. If Golden Tate wanted to enhance his testosterone levels (and libido) then he should’ve tried something natural like roasted pumpkin seeds (the seeds and the shell). Aside from the fact that he wouldn’t have been suspended, they also have a ton of other health benefits too. Google it.

  16. Two things. Is the NFL’s PED policy a straight to suspension situation? I thought, at least for recreational drugs, your first offense got to a “confidential” warning. Your second offense warranted a suspension.

    Second, Tate is fortunate that the timing of this is in the first year of his new contract. A four game suspension will only cost him $500K in 2019. In 2020, it would have cost him $2 mil.

  17. xlivsaints says:
    July 27, 2019 at 1:20 pm
    So he lacks in the bedroom, too?!
    Performing and getting someone pregnant are two different issues. Since you equated them I’m guessing you yourself are not the biggest hot dog in the coldcut case.

  18. have often wondered why the league cares about wot the player take during the off season knowingly or not …. I mean does this effect the standings of any team in any way ?? ….. think the best way is take testings during training camp and if you are found to be tested positive from the start of the season …. yer caught and time to take the boo boo medicine suspensions

  19. redlikethepig says:
    July 27, 2019 at 1:41 pm
    “yup I cheated and you caught me”

    Because they didn’t exactly catch him. He turned himself in before the tests.
    False. Look closer because you just bought the story being sold. It was not before the test. It was before the test results confirmed he failed. Logically, that means he was taking the PED then popped up on a random. At that point he knows he’s busted and heads to the coach to spill the beans and offer a sympathetic excuse before the results come back. If he passed, everybody moves on. If he failed (like what happened) he can point to his pre-built excuse to make him look better that he should.

  20. mashoaf says: Ben Watson admitted to taking testosterone…
    At least he wasn’t ever expecting to play again at the time, and it was medically prescribed. He was upfront about it and Pats knew about it before they hired him.

  21. Thank you Mike for having the guts to just lay it out like it should be. Ask the questions before going on a course of treatment even it’s legitimate, and if it is then the NFL can give you a waiver for its use. Really surprised how stupid these players, and their agents, are. Just get a clue.

  22. I was quick to notice his clever wording ‘prescribed by my doctor’. Ya one problemo. These guys are schooled every year, your doctor wants you to take something, better check with us to see if it has banned substance.
    Dont try and look innocent like there isnt any way to know this is banned when there is. Screw him and sit him 4 games or more.

  23. redlikethepig says:
    July 27, 2019 at 1:41 pm
    “yup I cheated and you caught me”

    Because they didn’t exactly catch him. He turned himself in before the tests.

    Ya they did catch him because when his test was due he failed. He proved a good point, he took this drug way before the test and the drug was still working in his system. NFL proved their point.

  24. The fertility drug, I’m guessing it was a form of Clomid, is taken between anabolic steroid cycles to try to counter the side effects, including shrinking nads. Ask Manny Ramirez. Just shut up and take your four-game suspension like a man, you idiot.

  25. Ah, the Brian Cushing school of excuses. Cushing took a pregnancy drug, the entire Seahawks defense has ADD and needs to take Adderall. Now it’s fertility drugs. LOL.

  26. Stupid. I dont care about whats on the banned substance list. Lets look at this on a case by case basis. Would he have played so well in the first four games to warrant being suspended? No! This was an accident. Hes got the proof. No harm no foul, stop pulling players when you dont have to. Punish the true offenders not someone trying to plan a family!!!

  27. Admitting your peanuts aren’t working isn’t very manly. I’d rather take my penalty and my dignity rather than hearing that I’m not a real man over and over again.

  28. I actually believe him

    I’ve got this great Pyramid scheme I mean water filter product I need you to buy. Don’t be gullible.

  29. Hey Mike I love your show, and your reporting, and your honesty, but I think it’s time you stop harping on Edlemans refusal to name the substance he tested positive for. It’s supposed to be a private thing anyway, and he doesn’t owe anyone an explanation. Be admitted he made a mistake and he served the suspension. Thats it end of story get over it

  30. Nfcleast that’s because your wife was messed up in the baby maker. If the woman is fine and the man has a problem with a low count then yes they’re prescribed.

  31. Not that Tate has any obligation to the public but all he has to do is show the NFL medical records and/or prescription for the treatment. He’s still “guilty” so I think he should serve the suspension. We don’t want a sudden spike in NFL players going for fertility treatment
    So THAT’S what happened to Travis Henry!

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