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San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates suspended for violating NFL PED policy

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San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates suspended for violating NFL PED policy San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates suspended for violating NFL PED policy

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) - Twelve year NFL veteran and San Diego Chargers Tight End Antonio Gates was suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 regular season Thursday for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

According to a statement by an NFL spokesperson, Gates will be eligible to return to the Chargers’ active roster on Monday, October 5 following the team’s October 4 game against the Cleveland Browns.
 
In the meantime, Gates is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

Gates made the following statement Friday via his Twitter account:

“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.  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.  In an effort to recover from this past season, I used supplements and holistic medicines, and unfortunately, I have now learned that those substances always present a risk because they may contain banned substances even if the ingredient list doesn’t reflect them. As an NFL veteran and team leader, I should have done my due diligence to ensure that what I was taking for recovery was within the NFL guidelines. I understand that I am responsible for what is in my body and I have always believed that ignorance is no excuse when it comes to these issues. I take full responsibility for my actions.  I’d like to express my sincere apologies to the Chargers, my teammates, coaches, fans and the league who have always supported me and expected and gotten nothing but the highest level of integrity from me."

The San Diego Chargers also made the following statement Friday:

“We are tremendously disappointed for our team and our fans as well as Antonio, but no more disappointed than Antonio is with himself.  Antonio is a member of the Chargers’ family and we will continue to support him 100-percent.  We have the utmost confidence he will stay in excellent shape for the season and be ready to go when he returns in Week 5.  While it's unfortunate to not have him to start the season, we have complete confidence our tight end group will continue to play at a high level.”

Gates is the Chargers'  all-time leader in catches, yardage and touchdowns. He also ranks 4th on the NFL's all-time TE reception list (788), 4th in TE receiving yards (10,014) and 2nd in TE receiving touchdowns (99).?

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