Robert Mathis’ PED Use Suspension Brings On Interesting Dynamic
On Friday we learned that Indianapolis Colts defensive end Robert Mathis was suspended for the first four games of the season due to performance enhancing drug use.
Although he got to tell his side of the story, the NFL released their own statement on why they issued to suspension.
After getting flack for the statement from Mathis’ lawyer, as he claims it violates company policy, Adolpho Birch, the NFL’s Senior V.P. of labor policy and government affairs went on ESPN’s Mike & Mike show to discuss the issue.
“The policy is crystal clear that the player is responsible for what is in his body — that’s by design,” Birch said. “That’s because of the union and the league agreeing that we don’t want to have to make those sorts of decisions. We don’t want to have to judge whether or not this is a reasonable story, this is an unreasonable story, this claim is correct, this claim is incorrect. We want to be able to treat everyone consistently and make sure that first and foremost, we are applying that policy in a way that we feel works to ensure that we eliminate the threat of these types of substances and deter the use of these types of substances in our game.”
He’s right, as the player can claim anything (we are not saying Mathis is lying here), but the NFL can’t rebut the comments.
All in all, Mathis is still one of the better lineman in the NFL and the Colts are absolutely worst without him.