Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate has been suspended for the first 4 games of the 2019 NFL season for a violation of the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.
The 10-year veteran, who signed with the Giants in March as a free agent, announced the suspension in a Twitter post Saturday.
Tate, who said the banned substance was a prescribed fertility medication, has scheduled an appeal for August 6 and a resolution is expected before the start of the regular season, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
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If Latimer can put together a good training camp and earn an every-down role to start the season, look for him to capitalize on his opportunity and build upon the promise he showed last season. He will not be able to play in the first four regular-season games unless his suspension is overturned.
The Giants signed Tate to a four-year, $37.5 million contract in the offseason that includes $23 million fully guaranteed. Neither mentioned the suspension. It was disclosed the following day that wideout and kickoff returner Corey Coleman tore an ACL in the same workout. Darius Slayton is now dealing with a hamstring injury.
The Tate suspension is the latest blow.
Tate, who already has two children, Londyn and Golden IV, with his wife, Elise, wrote in a statement posted on Twitter on Saturday: 'This past April, during the off-season, my wife and I made a decision to see a specialist for fertility planning. The NFL Substance Abuse policy typically has a zero tolerance policy, and whether or not Tate took the drugs for noble purposes or not, the drugs in question are on the banned substances list. "I immediately discontinued use, I reported the situation to the Independent Administrator of the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances, and I spoke with my coaches and general manager".
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