Giants wide receiver Golden Tate is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy, though he plans to appeal it, according to multiple reports.
The 30-year-old wide receiver issued a statement Saturday, explaining the positive test was a result of a treatment he was prescribed from a fertility specialist. Tate wrote that he stopped taking the prescription when he learned an ingredient was on the NFL’s banned substance list. He said he went through the proper protocol and informed the league before he was suspended.
My statement. pic.twitter.com/WzP7W4bclB
— Golden Tate (@ShowtimeTate) July 27, 2019
“During the entirety of my 10 year career I have taken great pride in playing this game the right way, have been an ambassador for the NFL and have never had any issues with the league’s policy,” Tate wrote in a statement. “The treatment this past April had no effect on the upcoming season, and I did not, and could not have undergone this treatment in April for any competitive advantage.”
Giants coach Pat Shurmur revealed that the team didn’t know about Tate’s situation until after he signed with New York in March.
“We will see what happens,” Shurmur said.
If Tate does end up missing the first four games of the season, it will be a big loss for the Giants who are already struggling with depth at the wide receiver position without Odell Beckham Jr.
Since the Giants’ training camp opened earlier this week, top wideout Sterling Shepard broke his thumb, while Corey Coleman suffered a season-ending ACL injury. Rookie Darius Slayton is also dealing with a hamstring injury
ESPN reports Tate’s appeal is set for the first week in August with a resolution expected before the start of the season.
“I deeply appreciate the support from the New York Giants Organization, and will continue to hold the highest level of character and integrity, while being a leader in the locker room,” Tate added.