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I do wonder if he can challenge this as part of his rehab from losing 70+ lbs could have been a legal prescription of some type of roids?

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3 minutes ago, Scott Pennock said:

I do wonder if he can challenge this as part of his rehab from losing 70+ lbs could have been a legal prescription of some type of roids?

 

When they're in the NFL, they know what's legal.  But when they're on their own (not on a roster) and rehabbing they're probably not in the loop.

 

I had high hopes for him. and I hope you're right but I doubt it.  Either way, I think this means he doesn't count against the initial 53, right? 

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9 minutes ago, Scott Pennock said:

I do wonder if he can challenge this as part of his rehab from losing 70+ lbs could have been a legal prescription of some type of roids?


That was one of my first thoughts. 

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14 minutes ago, Scott Pennock said:

I do wonder if he can challenge this as part of his rehab from losing 70+ lbs could have been a legal prescription of some type of roids?

 

I think the success rate for challenges to PED related suspensions is not too high.  If there is a challenge, I would suspect it go nowhere fast.

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Usually by the time it's reported, the appeals have run their course.

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6 minutes ago, Superman said:

Usually by the time it's reported, the appeals have run their course.

I was thinking that as I pressed submit....lol

18 minutes ago, Smonroe said:

 

When they're in the NFL, they know what's legal.  But when they're on their own (not on a roster) and rehabbing they're probably not in the loop.

 

I had high hopes for him. and I hope you're right but I doubt it.  Either way, I think this means he doesn't count against the initial 53, right? 

No, he won't count against the initial 53.

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44 minutes ago, Scott Pennock said:

I do wonder if he can challenge this as part of his rehab from losing 70+ lbs could have been a legal prescription of some type of roids?

Doubtful. After Ben Watson briefly retired he underwent testosterone replacement therapy but when he decided to make a comeback he was suspended because of it. So as far as I know, no kind of medical prescription loophole exists.

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ehh.. like I said a while back in a Garcia thread . He's a longshot. Been released by I think 3 teams ? Just as easy for another team to sign him to their practice squad. But who knows ?  That said , I for one will not even dream that he's "our LT of the future."

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29 minutes ago, Rackeen305 said:

He should've known better. Its illegal and its the LAW! No way around it bud!

Where is it against the law to take things sold at GNC

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2 minutes ago, jvan1973 said:

Where is it against the law to take things sold at GNC

When its breaking the NFL rules, guidelines...YES!

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1 hour ago, jvan1973 said:

Where is it against the law to take things sold at GNC

This is an excellent point!  I am not condoning any illegal use of PED's mind you, just kind of trying to figure out how legal supplements factor in?  What is next caffeine?  Again, not condoning illegal use, but there seems to be a very grey area?

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1 hour ago, Rackeen305 said:

When its breaking the NFL rules, guidelines...YES!

 

There’s a BIG difference between a substance being illegal and one being banned by the NFL.

 

Many legal supplements are banned by the league.  

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If it's something his doctor recommended for his long term health, then a football leagues rules become an inferior consideration.

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1 hour ago, Rackeen305 said:

When its breaking the NFL rules, guidelines...YES!

There is a big difference between NFL Regulation and Federal/State Law

Just now, Douzer said:

If it's something his doctor recommended for his long term health, then a football leagues rules become an inferior consideration.

So true

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12 minutes ago, Coltsfan66 said:

This is an excellent point!  I am not condoning any illegal use of PED's mind you, just kind of trying to figure out how legal supplements factor in?  What is next caffeine?  Again, not condoning illegal use, but there seems to be a very grey area?

The Major Sport Federations across the country and world promote athletic equality and this often limits an athletes life. Some like this others don’t     

     Example: 

        The IAAF(Track and Field) are forcing certain athletes to take estrogen to compete in the future and there is one that has taken them to court to get an injunction 

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1 hour ago, PrincetonTiger said:

The Major Sport Federations across the country and world promote athletic equality and this often limits an athletes life. Some like this others don’t     

     Example: 

        The IAAF(Track and Field) are forcing certain athletes to take estrogen to compete in the future and there is one that has taken them to court to get an injunction 

Wait until the next olympics when "Confused" men win all the gold medals in womens sports......

 

Wonder how far they'll go left on that topic.....

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3 minutes ago, Scott Pennock said:

Wait until the next olympics when "Confused" men win all the gold medals in womens sports......

 

Wonder how far they'll go left on that topic.....

They are stopping it except the one athlete and only for her until June 30th

 

   The IOC and the respective governing bodies already handled this during the heyday of the Warsaw Pact Countries 

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20 minutes ago, PrincetonTiger said:

They are stopping it except the one athlete and only for her until June 30th

 

   The IOC and the respective governing bodies already handled this during the heyday of the Warsaw Pact Countries 

Duh..... I do remember that. Thanks for the reminder!

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1 minute ago, Scott Pennock said:

Duh..... I do remember that. Thanks for the reminder!

2019 is also the year for World Championship in most sports

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5 hours ago, Scott Pennock said:

I do wonder if he can challenge this as part of his rehab from losing 70+ lbs could have been a legal prescription of some type of roids?

I'm not sure why he would need steroids after losing weight, but regardless of what he did, he obviously did not check in with the league for permission or guidance.  In my book, that is a 100% cheater.  If people have medical issues, the very first call is to the league office to discuss the issue with NFL Doctors and personnel who handle these issues.  Same as Mathis.  If he legitimately needed to take that masking agent he should have gone to the league for permission or acceptable options for his unique circumstances.  I do not accept any of these "I thought it would be okay" arguments.  Players are informed of the rules.  It is solely their responsible to control what goes into or onto their bodies.  No excuses.  

 

In my view, they should let these guys do whatever legal drugs they want/need to get healthy, but that is not the NFL's view.  So I am just tired of all the excuse making for these guys.  (Not you individually Scott).  Mathis was my favorite player.  Sadly, he cheated and I bet it keeps him out of any chance at the HOF.  

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It’s very possible the colts knew the suspension was coming. This sounds similar to the Watson case. Where he never thought he was going to come back and play and was just following orders. This guy had a blood clot condition and for whatever reason this might of been part of his treatment.

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1 hour ago, JPFolks said:

I'm not sure why he would need steroids after losing weight  

 

To regain all of his lost muscle mass in a fraction of the time it would normally take.

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9 hours ago, Boiler_Colt said:

 

To regain all of his lost muscle mass in a fraction of the time it would normally take.

 

I don't think the article specifically said he was using steroids.  There are plenty of other banned substances (like what Mathis was using).  In this case, it probably was but we shouldn't jump to conclusions.

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11 hours ago, JPFolks said:

I'm not sure why he would need steroids after losing weight, but regardless of what he did, he obviously did not check in with the league for permission or guidance.  In my book, that is a 100% cheater.  If people have medical issues, the very first call is to the league office to discuss the issue with NFL Doctors and personnel who handle these issues.  Same as Mathis.  If he legitimately needed to take that masking agent he should have gone to the league for permission or acceptable options for his unique circumstances.  I do not accept any of these "I thought it would be okay" arguments.  Players are informed of the rules.  It is solely their responsible to control what goes into or onto their bodies.  No excuses.  

 

In my view, they should let these guys do whatever legal drugs they want/need to get healthy, but that is not the NFL's view.  So I am just tired of all the excuse making for these guys.  (Not you individually Scott).  Mathis was my favorite player.  Sadly, he cheated and I bet it keeps him out of any chance at the HOF.  

It didn't seem to hurt Bruce Smith getting into the hall

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17 hours ago, Scott Pennock said:

I do wonder if he can challenge this as part of his rehab from losing 70+ lbs could have been a legal prescription of some type of roids?

 

 Gee, the reports i read had him losing 40lbs and he had that back on when the Colts signed him last season.
 Laughable that a NFL player takes ANYTHING banned unknowingly.
They have access to a system to inform them. Period.

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14 minutes ago, jvan1973 said:

It didn't seem to hurt Bruce Smith getting into the hall

 

 chuckle
Bruce who?

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9 hours ago, Boiler_Colt said:

 

To regain all of his lost muscle mass in a fraction of the time it would normally take.

Did he have cancer or something similar? (Not sure as the underlying condition was not discussed in Scott's post).  Even in the worst scenarios players still understand the rules.  If you want to be in the league, you should directly let the NFL know what you are doing so there's never a surprise discovery during drug testing.  I've heard (not here on this post) endless extreme scenarios to explain bad drug test results.  (Like Mathis's story for example).  People still know what they are doing. 

 

There's big business in cheating.  If regular people could make millions of dollars by cheating at their job I am guessing it would be far more rampant than it appears in the NFL.  

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30 minutes ago, jvan1973 said:

It didn't seem to hurt Bruce Smith getting into the hall

That's because he wasn't on the fringe of the HOF in the first place.  Mathis is not a first ballot HOF.  His strip sacks are his only justification to get in that sets him well apart.  Everything about Smith's career set him apart. 

 

Nice try though. If Brady was a fringe HOF QB talent with say, one Super Bowl win, I doubt he'd get in either.  

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I would think the NFL has in place a system for any steroids being used for medical purposes. And if you're on any steroids, then I'm sure you notify the NFL what is going on. This is something a responsible adult does. They inform their employer that they're taking meds, not just show up to work stoned and then when asked questions say you're on medication. Poor communication if you decide to wait until when asked. And if that's the case I dont want you on my team or as an employee of my business. 

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7 minutes ago, JPFolks said:

Did he have cancer or something similar? (Not sure as the underlying condition was not discussed in Scott's post).  Even in the worst scenarios players still understand the rules.  If you want to be in the league, you should directly let the NFL know what you are doing so there's never a surprise discovery during drug testing.  I've heard (not here on this post) endless extreme scenarios to explain bad drug test results.  (Like Mathis's story for example).  People still know what they are doing. 

 

There's big business in cheating.  If regular people could make millions of dollars by cheating at their job I am guessing it would be far more rampant than it appears in the NFL.  

Not sure, but I'm not condoning it's use and not even suggesting he needed them medically. I was just responding to you as to why he would take them to gain weight. No doctor is going to prescribe testosterone (steroids) unless his natural levels were at a dangerously low amount. So more than likely he just wanted to take a shortcut to getting his strength and mass back and got popped for it.

 

Steroids and PED use are extremely prevalent nowadays. They're kind of the epidemic that no one talks about with athletes, hollywood actors and even just people at your local gyms. Today's generation wants instant results with less work.

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13 minutes ago, Boiler_Colt said:

Not sure, but I'm not condoning it's use and not even suggesting he needed them medically. I was just responding to you as to why he would take them to gain weight. No doctor is going to prescribe testosterone (steroids) unless his natural levels were at a dangerously low amount. So more than likely he just wanted to take a shortcut to getting his strength and mass back and got popped for it.

 

Steroids and PED use are extremely prevalent nowadays. They're kind of the epidemic that no one talks about with athletes, hollywood actors and even just people at your local gyms. Today's generation wants instant results with less work.

 

 I took a minute to google him. The Pats released him in Sept. 2017 with blood clots in his lungs. He lost a lot of weight with a quick recovery unlikely.
 He was 300lb plus when we signed him last off season. 
  Sounds like his masking agent failed him.

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33 minutes ago, Boiler_Colt said:

Not sure, but I'm not condoning it's use and not even suggesting he needed them medically. I was just responding to you as to why he would take them to gain weight. No doctor is going to prescribe testosterone (steroids) unless his natural levels were at a dangerously low amount. So more than likely he just wanted to take a shortcut to getting his strength and mass back and got popped for it.

 

Steroids and PED use are extremely prevalent nowadays. They're kind of the epidemic that no one talks about with athletes, hollywood actors and even just people at your local gyms. Today's generation wants instant results with less work.

Sorry if my question wasn't clear.  I was saying that just because he had lost weight, that shouldn't cause him to lose muscle tone etc. if he is still working out.  Usually when I go up and down in weight, I am gaining muscle tone, switch out fat for muscle.  Certainly not as drastic as the range of weight discussed here.  You were talking about the difficulty of GAINING weight and I was thinking lose of muscle while LOSING weight.  Sorry for any confusion. 

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3 minutes ago, JPFolks said:

Sorry if my question wasn't clear.  I was saying that just because he had lost weight, that shouldn't cause him to lose muscle tone etc. if he is still working out.  Usually when I go up and down in weight, I am gaining muscle tone, switch out fat for muscle.  Certainly not as drastic as the range of weight discussed here.  You were talking about the difficulty of GAINING weight and I was thinking lose of muscle while LOSING weight.  Sorry for any confusion. 

No worries. Yeah i don't think he lost all that weight intentionally, I think it was probably a lot of atrophy because of his condition. But I don't really know.

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So is the blood clot issue cleared up?  

 

If so it sound like someone with a decent ceiling (being a former 3rd rounder) but just hasn't been able to get on the field.  

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26 minutes ago, JPFolks said:

Sorry if my question wasn't clear.  I was saying that just because he had lost weight, that shouldn't cause him to lose muscle tone etc. if he is still working out.  Usually when I go up and down in weight, I am gaining muscle tone, switch out fat for muscle.  Certainly not as drastic as the range of weight discussed here.  You were talking about the difficulty of GAINING weight and I was thinking lose of muscle while LOSING weight.  Sorry for any confusion. 

 

 No doubt a good hard workout to keep up his muscle tone would have been fine while taking blood thinners to treat his blood clots in his lungs.  lmao

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23 minutes ago, Valpo2004 said:

So is the blood clot issue cleared up?  

 

If so it sound like someone with a decent ceiling (being a former 3rd rounder) but just hasn't been able to get on the field.  

 

 Hmmm! We signed him a YEAR after the problem arose and he was back over 300lbs. Good question.

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4 hours ago, Boiler_Colt said:

Today's generation wants instant results with less work.

 

"Today's generation..." when steroids have been in rampant use since the '50s. Baseball players were using amphetamines as a performance enhancer -- "greenies" -- after the war.  Let's stop blaming everything on "today's generation."

 

It's true that a lot of this steroid/PED stuff is a symptom of people wanting to take shortcuts, and/or get better and more results than they could naturally achieve. But it's also true that PEDs have been overly stigmatized in the last 30 years. People do a lot of different things to enhance their personal performance, inside sports and separate from sports. But only in sports is it considered "cheating." 

 

I'm not saying it should be okay to take steroids or other banned PEDs; if you play in a pro sports league, you have to follow the rules, bottom line. But I do think the conversation about PEDs needs to evolve beyond 'that guy took steroids, he's a cheater.' 

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2 minutes ago, Superman said:

 

"Today's generation..." when steroids have been in rampant use since the '50s. Baseball players were using amphetamines as a performance enhancer -- "greenies" -- after the war.  Let's stop blaming everything on "today's generation."

 

It's true that a lot of this steroid/PED stuff is a symptom of people wanting to take shortcuts, and/or get better and more results than they could naturally achieve. But it's also true that PEDs have been overly stigmatized in the last 30 years. People do a lot of different things to enhance their personal performance, inside sports and separate from sports. But only in sports is it considered "cheating." 

 

I'm not saying it should be okay to take steroids or other banned PEDs; if you play in a pro sports league, you have to follow the rules, bottom line. But I do think the conversation about PEDs needs to evolve beyond 'that guy took steroids, he's a cheater.' 

I wasn't just referring to steroids. Everything is instant today. Streaming, one day shipping, smart phones etc. People don't wait for anything anymore. Technically in my early 30's I still consider myself part of "today's generation". I will say though having been around gyms and sports organizations for most of my life I am noticing more steroid use in younger kids than ever before.

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4 minutes ago, Boiler_Colt said:

I wasn't just referring to steroids. Everything is instant today. Streaming, one day shipping, smart phones etc. People don't wait for anything anymore. Technically in my early 30's I still consider myself part of "today's generation". I will say though having been around gyms and sports organizations for most of my life I am noticing more steroid use in younger kids than ever before.

You missed the 80s and guys like Ben Johnson

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