Indianapolis Colts Robert Mathis Suspended For 4 Games For Using NFL Banned Drugs
The National Football League has a strict policy on the use of performance enhancement drugs and outside linebacker, Robert Mathis, has found himself in a pickle when he innocently used a fertility drug named, Clomid, to assist with getting his wife pregnat.
Fortunately, the drug worked and his wife is now in her first trimester of pregnancy, but unfortunately, it was a listed drug on the NFL ban list, because it also has effects to enhance an athlete’s performance.
For Mathis failure to properly check with the NFL association before taking the drug, he now has been suspended for the next four games which equates to $705,000 worth of pay for Mathis. He will be eligible to return on September 29 which is week 4 game against the Tennessee Titans.
“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,”
Indianapolis coach, Chuck Pagano, said,
“With regards to the recent suspension of Robert Mathis, we’re going to honor the League’s policy as far as confidentiality goes. We certainly understand the severity of this situation, but as we’ve done many, many times before in our short stint here, we’ll get through this. We’ll come together as a team. We’ll come together as a family. We’ll come together as an organization and we’ll get through this. We love and respect Robert Mathis. He’s a horseshoe guy, he’s a pillar guy, and like I said before, we’ve got his back. Everybody in this organization has his back and we’ll get through this and at the end of the day, we’ll all be better for it.”
Robert will miss the season opener against the Denver Broncos. He will also miss games 2 and 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars.