Las Vegas Raiders‘ defensive tackle, Gerald McCoy, has been issued a 6-game suspension after violating the NFL’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs.
News of McCoy’s suspension was announced on Wednesday (29 September). ESPN reports that he will be placed on the team’s reserve/injured list, without pay, until the suspension is lifted.
The 33-year-old has since addressed his suspension in a post to Twitter, calling it an “honest mistake”.
“I love the game of football and have nothing but respect for the players, fans, and this league,” wrote McCoy. “I’ve given my all to this game and worked my entire career to compete, train, and rehabilitate at a high level with integrity.
“It is with great disappointment that I recently learned I tested positive for a banned substance – something I was prescribed to take to help with scar tissue and tendon strength from a previous injury.”
— Gerald McCoy (@Geraldini93) September 29, 2021
He added, “In no way would I ever intentionally take anything to help with performance or gain a competitive advantage. This was an honest mistake, but it’s something I take full responsibility for.”
“I apologize to my family, the NFL, my teammates, and the fans and ask humbly for your forgiveness.”
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