Indianapolis Colts ILB Robert Mathis has been suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, the team announced Friday, via NFL.com.
Although the league never reveals the nature of the violation, Mathis himself said in statement through the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, that his failed test came from taking fertility drugs. He also owned up to the mistake of not checking with the league or the NFLPA about whether the drugs would present a problem for drug testing.
“The union has worked very closely with me to present all of the facts and medical records for consideration of discipline that does not include a suspension because of the unique facts of my case, but the Commissioner refused the request,” Mathis said.
According to the NFL, the drug Mathis tested positive for is “not approved by the FDA for fertility in males and is a performance-enhancing drug that has been prohibited for years,” said NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello in a statement, via Albert Breer
Ian Rapoport reports that the drug Mathis used was Clomid, which is approved by the FDA for fertility, in females. If you remember, MLB slugger Manny Ramirez was busted for using a female feritlity drug similar to Clomid, which is typically used by steroid users to restart their bodies’ natural testosterone production as they come off a steroid cycle.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 16, 2014