NFL suspends Vikings’ DeMarcus Love four games for using PEDs
Love said he was disappointed that the NFL rejected his appeal to the suspension. Love revealed he was surprised in April to find out that he had PEDs in his system.
"I was shocked. I've never cheated, and I never will, intentionally,” said Love.
Love was reportedly tested in April and got the result in April, around when he appealed the NFL’s stance on the case. The second-year pro said he’s not sure which substance was in his system and how he got there. But Love believed it might have been something in a supplement he took. Love’s agent Thomas Sims said in an email that the player took an over the counter dietary supplement, which might have contained the banned substance.
"It was an honest and unintentional mistake," Sims wrote. "He looks forward to resuming his playing career with the Vikings organization and contributing to the 2013 football season."
However, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said the NFL had steps in place to aid players in checking the contents of supplements in order to avoid PEDs.
"I was disappointed when I got the news,” Frazier said, “and we talked about my displeasure and the entire organization's concerns for him. Hopefully, he'll learn from this and grow from this."
If Love makes the Vikings roster, he’ll be eligible play in the team’s preseason games and practice in training camp. But once the regular season rolls around, Love will be forced to sit out the first-four games before becoming eligible to return to the active roster on Sep. 30, after the Vikings’ Week 4 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at London.
A sixth-round pick out of the University of Arkansas in 2011, Love has yet to play a game for the Vikings. Love was inactive for all 16-games of his rookie season, and then spending last season on the team’s injured reserve, rehabbing from a surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle.
"It doesn't help my situation at all,” Love said, “but at the end of the day, it's up to the coaches."
"It's obviously frustrating. It's bad for me, but it might give other guys a heads-up,” Love added on how his situation could be a teachable moment for younger players. “You have to watch what you put into your body.”