Last week, the list of suspended NFL players for violation of their drug policy grew a little bit more. Two key player’s for their respective team and big names in the league, have been handed a 4 game suspension each. A third player was also suspended but his impact is not the same as the first 2 offenders. Sheldon Richardson, defensive end of the New York Jets and the San Diego Chargers star tight end, Antonio Gates are the first 2 culprits. The third offender is Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain, who has had his fare share of problems off the field. These suspensions clearly creates changes on all lines offered, from the opening day’s game line to the regular season wins of their teams. Keeping with the spirit of having all sportbooks and agents up to date with the latest info, we bring you a recount of last week’s multiple suspensions.
Cracking down on Drug Use
Sheldon Richardson’s suspension allegedly due to marijuana use will definitely impact the Jets, although the team does have in Muhammad Wilkerson a natural replacement. Richardson provided the following statement after being suspended: “I apologize for letting down my family, teammates, this organization and the fans.” McClain gave the following words regarding his suspension: “I will not break the rules of my profession in the future, and I regret my error. I look forward to returning to the field on week 5, when I hope to help my team beat the Patriots.” It has not been disclosed for what type of drug McClain was suspended for. On Antonio Gates case, it has been revealed that it wasn’t recreational but performance enhancement drugs the ones involved. Gates had this to say to fans and teammates: “In an effort to recover from a long season and although I was unaware at the time, I regret to confirm that I tested positive for a substance that is currently on the NFL banned substance list. As an NFL veteran and team leader, I should have done my due diligence to ensure that what I was taking for recovery was within the NFL guidelines.” It is sad to see the season start missing 3 figures but it is important that players learn to abide by the rules regardless of the situation they may be under.
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