Tate examined optimistic for a performance-enhancing substance that he stated got here from a prescribed fertility medicine. His enchantment was heard Tuesday by an arbiter in New York.
The suspension will value Tate $465,000 in wage ($116,176 per recreation). He’ll miss the opener on the highway in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys adopted by video games in opposition to the Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins.
He shall be allowed to take part in all preseason practices and video games.
Tate’s absence will put added strain on a large receiver corps that misplaced Odell Beckham Jr. this offseason. Tate signed a four-year, $37.5 million deal as a free agent this offseason to assist offset the loss.
Latimer is anticipated to slip into Tate’s beginning spot. He began in Thursday’s preseason opener with Shepard nonetheless sidelined and caught two passes for 36 yards regardless of enjoying simply two drives.
On Tuesday, earlier than the choice was introduced, Giants quarterback Eli Manning lauded Tate’s potential and had hoped “issues work out” and the receiver would be capable of play a full season.
“Golden is a great participant and he’s going to be in the appropriate spot and he has an excellent really feel for the zones, the best way to get open versus completely different methods and stuff,” Manning stated. “A veteran man but additionally, we’ve seen a bunch of it with the Giants, his run after catch traditionally has been superb — a play-maker. Hopefully, issues work out and he shall be right here all 12 months.”
In an announcement final month, Tate stated he thought he had a professional case to win his enchantment.
“This previous April, through the low season, my spouse and I made a decision to see a specialist for fertility planning. I began the therapy prescribed to me and simply days later I found it contained an ingredient that’s on the league’s banned substance checklist,” Tate stated. “I instantly discontinued use, I reported the state of affairs to the Unbiased Administrator of the NFL Coverage on Efficiency-Enhancing Substances, and I spoke with my coaches and normal supervisor. I did all of this nicely earlier than a failed take a look at was even confirmed.
“Per NFL protocol, an preliminary suspension was imminent, however myself and the Giants group are assured within the information, and eagerly await my enchantment to place this behind us.”
Nonetheless, the NFL’s coverage on performance-enhancing medicine is unforgiving. It states, “Gamers are chargeable for what’s of their our bodies and a optimistic take a look at won’t be excused as a result of a Participant was unaware that he was taking a Prohibited Substance.”
Whereas with the Seattle Seahawks in 2013, Tate was essential of two teammates who obtained suspensions for substance abuse violations, calling them “egocentric.”
“You might be affecting far more than your self,” Tate instructed 710 ESPN Radio on the time. “I really feel like that was type of a egocentric transfer on each these guys’ half. However it’s what it’s. The present should go on, and that is what we’re gonna do.”