Brandon Copeland to sue company over tainted supplement

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New York Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland intends to file a lawsuit this week against a supplement company whose product was tainted and led to Copeland’s four-game suspension to begin the season.

According to Dennis Waszak Jr. of the Associated Press, Copeland was recommended a supplement by a nutritionist to help aid recovery. He had it reviewed to check that it’s ingredients complied with the league’s banned substances list and cross-checked it himself on the NFL’s app available to players as a resource.

“Unfortunately, this supplement in particular was contaminated,” Copeland said.

Copeland collected all his supplements and sent them out for testing at $745 a test. One of the supplements was confirmed to have had the foreign substance in it. Copeland would name the company or the supplement in question due to the impending legal action.

“I don’t hold my head down or anything like that,” Copeland said. “I know the person I am, my family knows the person I am. People who know me know the person I am. If anyone knows my journey and my story, it really doesn’t really make sense for me to try to cheat the game or cheat myself at this point in time, coming off the best season of my life on the field, off the field.”

Copeland returned to practice for the Jets on Wednesday after completing the four-game suspension.

7 responses to “Brandon Copeland to sue company over tainted supplement

  1. 99.9% of the guys testing positive knew what they were taking. I’m pretty impressed that this guy seems to actually be a victim. I hope he gets even with the maker of this crap

  2. “Copeland was recommended a supplement by a nutritionist to help aid recovery”
    Get your supplements from your team!!!
    Either everyone caught is extremely stupid, or they’re cheating.

  3. I am a Pats’ fan, so this is not homer-ism, but if someone can prove that they went through all the trouble to really check that a product did not include a banned substance (and maybe there should be a formal NFL program to document this), but the company made the mistake, I just do not think they should be suspended.

  4. Dude, this is Roger Goodells world, since when does he make fair and impartial rulings?
    What about the Starcaps case?

    >>whybotherifeverythinggetscensored says:
    October 10, 2019 at 5:53 am
    I am a Pats’ fan, so this is not homer-ism, but if someone can prove that they went through all the trouble to really check that a product did not include a banned substance (and maybe there should be a formal NFL program to document this), but the company made the mistake, I just do not think they should be suspended.

  5. You have to hold players accountable for what’s in their body. You can’t be sure that they’re only taking what they say they are.

    It sucks for those caught in an honest mistake like this player appears to be but you create a huge opportunity for abuse if you don’t ultimately make them accountable for what’s in their system.

  6. thefiesty1 says:
    October 10, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Did the company force him to take that supplement? You’ll lose this suit!

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    In the developed world, companies that make food products and dietary supplements are required by law to disclose all ingredients, and are forbidden from adding things that aren’t listed. Failure to comply can result in justified legal action.

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