Giants WR Golden Tate issues statement on NFL upholding four-game suspension
New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate had his four-game suspension from the NFL for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substances policy upheld, it was announced on Tuesday.
Tate, 31, signed with the Giants to fill a spot in the very vacant wideout corps for the New York/New Jersey franchise. The one-time Pro-Bowler inked a four-year contract with the G-Men but was slapped with the four-game suspension last month.
Despite the looming absence, Tate still has the opportunity to practice with his new team and participate in preseason games. In the MetLife Stadium Bowl, the preseason tilt against the New York Jets, Tate made one reception for 11 yards.
In the case of the policy violation, Tate maintains the “drug” he took was for fertility and not performance-enhancing.
In a statement, Tate expressed his frustration with the arbitration case, which led to the suspension being upheld (via SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano):
This morning I received the unfortunate news that my appeal was denied. I went into this arbitration with the understanding that due to the facts, unlike many other cases, we could be the exception to win. Unfortunately the NFL stood by their no tolerance policy, which I hope one day to help have a part in reforming, so no other player has to go through this situation. I greatly appreciate the support from the Giants since long before an outcome was even determined. Additionally, it has meant so much to hear the Giants fan’s [sic] support each day at training camp and I am so proud to be a part of this organization. No one is more upset than myself, but moving forward, all I can do is continue to be a leader, continue to hold myself to the highest character and integrity, and soon make the biggest impact on the field.
In 15 games last season, Tate made 74 receptions for four touchdowns and 795 yards.