Giants new wide out Golden Tate is facing a four-game suspension for taking a substance he stated he was taking for fertility reasons.
The receiver said he will appeal the four-game suspension, but today Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.TV reports that it’s likely not going to go Tate’s way in terms of the appeal, and he will have to serve the suspension.
The 30-year-old Tate may be appealing the four-game suspension he got for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, but “there’s almost no way” his appeal will be successful, according to an NFL source. Multiple other sources agreed, saying the NFL’s policy is “unforgiving” and “rigid.”
The best Tate could hope for, the sources agreed, is that the suspension gets reduced from four games to three or, even less likely, two. But not everyone agreed that a reduction was even a possibility.
“Everybody has an excuse and they all think it’s good,” one source said. “But it never matters.”
Tate failed a drug test back in April, about a month after signing a four-year, $37.5 million deal with the Giants. When his impending suspension was revealed last week, he released a statement saying he was prescribed a drug by a fertility planning specialist, “and just days later I discovered it contained an ingredient that is on the league’s banned substance list.”