Golden Tate loses appeal of four-game suspension
The New York Giants will be without one of their biggest free agent acquisitions for the first four games of the regular season, as wide receiver Golden Tate has lost his appeal of his four-game suspension.
Tate’s appeal was denied on Tuesday and his four-game ban upheld, the Giants announced.
— New York Giants (@Giants) August 13, 2019
Tate is suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drug use. He said in a statement that the positive test was triggered by a fertility drug he had taken, and he was confident the suspension would be overturned because he stopped using the substance immediately upon learning what it contained. The NFL obviously did not see it the same way he did.
Tate is expected to be one of New York’s best receivers this year, and they already lost Corey Coleman to a torn ACL earlier this offseason. Eli Manning could have his work cut out for him in the early part of the year.