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Giants WR Tate loses appeal of four-game ban

Reuters | New York | Updated: 14-08-2019 05:35 IST | Created: 14-08-2019 05:35 IST
Giants WR Tate loses appeal of four-game ban
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New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate lost the appeal of his four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Tate's appeal was heard by an arbiter in New York on Tuesday. Tate will reportedly forfeit $465,000 in base salary.

Tate previously indicated that the positive test came from a prescribed fertility medication. He said he reported the use to the league and the Giants prior to testing positive. The 31-year-old was disappointed to learn that the suspension was upheld.

"This morning, I received the unfortunate news that my appeal was denied," Tate said in a statement. "I went into this arbitration with the understanding that due to the facts, unlike many other cases, we could be the exception to win. Unfortunately, the NFL stood by their no tolerance policy, which I hope one day to help have a part in reforming, so no other player has to go through this situation." Tate will be eligible to return to the Giants on Sept. 30, one day after the club's Week 4 game against the Washington Redskins.

According to policies agreed to by the NFL and NFL Players Association, Tate didn't follow the protocol to qualify for a Therapeutic Use Exemption, which is available to players who needed medications for specific conditions. "No one is more upset than myself, but moving forward, all I can do is continue to be a leader, continue to hold myself to the highest character and integrity, and soon make the biggest impact on the field," Tate said in his statement.

After the suspension was initially announced on July 27, Tate released a statement about the positive test. "This past April, during the offseason, my wife and I decided to see a specialist for fertility planning," the statement began. "I started the treatment prescribed to me and just days later I discovered it contained an ingredient 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 Giants signed Tate to a four-year, $37.5 million contract during the offseason. He spent the 2018 season with the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles, catching 74 passes for 795 yards and four touchdowns. Over nine NFL seasons, Tate has 611 receptions for 7,214 yards and 38 touchdowns.

Cody Latimer is expected to join the starting lineup during Tate's suspension. The 26-year-old has 46 catches for 635 yards and four touchdowns in 51 games over five NFL campaigns.



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