The Titans were dealt a huge blow on Wednesday as the team’s training camp gets set to get started.
Left tackle Taylor Lewan is telling everyone that he is suspended for the first four games of the 2019 campaign.
Lewan, who is the highest paid left tackle in the league, said that the suspension comes after failing a drug test for a banned substance.
The tackle claims he didn’t knowingly take the prohibited supplement. He put out a video on Twitter explaining the situation.
“My name’s Taylor Lewan, I’m the left tackle for the Tennessee Titans. And I’m making this video so it comes from me and from nobody else and it doesn’t leave anything up for interpretation,” Lewan said. “I received a letter from the NFL a few weeks ago saying that I failed a drug test for Ostarine. Ostarine is a supplement banned from WADA (world anti-doping agency) in 2007. It’s known as a SARM (selective androgen receptor modulators). The way the CBA (collective bargaining agreement) works is a strict liability policy. So I’m completely responsible for the things that are in my body whether the supplement I’m taking has it on the label or not.
“I want everyone to know that I’ve never taken supplement knowingly and I’ve never cheated the game and I never will. I have notes, those things don’t really matter [puts down phone]. What really is important to me is that people know I’m not a cheater. I went and did a polygraph test about Ostarine and knowingly taking it and I passed that test. I’ve never taken anything that would cheat the game. I’m so sorry to the Tennessee Titans … [gets emotional] … This is hard.
“I’m sorry to the Titans and the fans that I won’t be there for four games. I’ve never cheated myself and I never wanted you guys to feel cheated. And I’m sorry, but I’m gonna be better for this. I’m gonna come back. I got my supplements tested by a third party. I’m going to release that polygraph. There’s also been letters on the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), Clemson and other NFL players that have failed for Ostarine as well that I’ll make public. I’ll do whatever I can to prove that I’ve never done anything wrong in regards to supplements or taking anything knowingly. Thank you so much for watching this video and thank you to everyone who supports me.”
With Lewan out, the team will likely have to turn to Dennis Kelly to fill in for the first four games of the season.
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