Veteran tight end Antonio Gates has had a rather unblemished career in his time with the San Diego Chargers, especially off the field, having no incidents or disciplinary issues with the league. Today though, Gates has garnered a spot on his resume. According to Yahoo Sports, Gates will be suspended for the first 4 games of the upcoming 2015 NFL season after violating the policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Per the NFL, Gates can participate training camp and the preseason but will begin his suspension during week 1. Gate issued a statement via the Chargers acknowledging his part in the matter but denying that he has ever used a banned substance.
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,” Gate said. ”I have taken extreme care of my body with a holistic approach and never taken any substance that was illegal or banned by the NFL. In an effort to recover from a long season and although I was unaware at the time, I regret to confirm that I tested positive for a substance that is currently on the NFL banned substance list.
Looks like some fantasy teams will be without a reserve tight end in the first 4 weeks. – Rocko Rathon (@Rocko_CNK)