Giants WR Golden Tate’s four-game suspension stands after appeal attempt fails



New York Giants receiver Golden Tate lost his appeal over a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's Performance Enhancing Drug policy.

"This morning, I received the unfortunate news that my appeal was denied", Tate said in a statement Tuesday.

He announced the suspension in a Twitter post on July 27, and said he meant to appeal it and felt his case had merit because he was using a fertility drug prescribed by a doctor.

The Giants face the Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins in their first four games.

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"This past April, during the off-season, my wife and I made a decision to see a specialist for fertility planning", a statement from Tate read.

Hours before the suspension was officially announced, quarterback Eli Manning called Tate a smart player who can turn short plays into big ones. Tate said that he learned shortly after beginning his part of the treatment that the drug he was taking contained an ingredient that is on the league's banned substance list. The 30-year-old receiver said he "immediately discontinued use" and reported the situation before the failed test was confirmed. Tate claims that as soon as he found out, he alerted the National Football League before a failed test was confirmed.

Tate signed a four-year, $37.5 million deal with the Giants during the offseason and was expected to soften the blow of trading Odell Beckham the Cleveland Browns. He finished the 2018 season in Philadelphia after the Lions traded him to the Eagles in October.

At Notre Dame from 2007-09, Tate eclipsed the 1,000 receiving yard mark twice, while finishing his Irish career with 29 total touchdowns.

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