Updating a previous item on Giants WR Golden Tate's possible suspension, the receiver issued a statement regarding his medicine taken for fertility planning that led to him using a banned substance. Tate says he took a prescription in April as he and his wife saw a specialist for fertility planning and later found out the medicine contained an ingredient that is on the NFL's banned substance list. Tate reported the situation to the Independent Arbitrator of the NFL's Performance Enhancing Substance policy and spoke with his coaches and general manager, stating he did all this well before a failed test was confirmed.
Tate has full confidence he will win his appeal as he states this treatment had no effect on the upcoming season and he "did not, and could not have undergone this treatment in April for any competitive advantage." Tate has essentially admitted to taking a banned substance, which may be enough for the NFL to uphold a suspension, whether that's the four games he currently faces or a lesser suspension. But Tate is ready to fight this suspension, as it seems clear this was not taken with football in mind, rather for himself and his wife. A decision is expected to be made before the regular season begins.