While America remains
not really paralyzed over a potential suspension of Tom Brady, another future Hall of Famer received a sanction.
San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates was suspended four games on Thursday for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Soon after the suspension, Gates addressed the league’s ruling:
“In my 12 years in the NFL, I have taken tremendous pride in upholding the integrity of the NFL shield and all that it entails,” Gates said in a statement. “I have taken extreme care of my body with a holistic approach and I have never knowingly ingested a substance that was banned by the NFL.”
Gates took full responsibility for his actions despite blaming his violation on supplements and holistic medicines.
The Pro Bowl tight end joined New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain as players receiving four-game sanctions on Thursday to start the 2015 season.
Gates will return to San Diego’s lineup in time for a Week 5 meeting against the Pittsburgh Steelers.