NFL upholds 4-game suspension of Giants receiver Golden Tate over performance-enhancing substances

David Caplan
August 13, 2019 - 4:18 pm

FILE - In a Tuesday, June 4, 2019 file photo, New York Giants' Golden Tate runs a drill during an NFL football minicamp at the team's training facility, in East Rutherford, N.J. Tate has been suspended for four games for using a drug prescribed for fertility planning. The 10-year veteran, who signed with the Giants in March as a free agent, announced the suspension in a Twitter post Saturday, July 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The NFL is upholding the four-game suspension of New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate for violating the league's performance-enhancing substances policy, denying his appeal of the decision, the team announced Tuesday. 

"Golden Tate of the New York Giants has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2019 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances," the team said in a statement.

"Tate is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games," the statement continued. "He will be allowed to return to the Giants' active roster on Monday, September 30, following the team's week 4 game vs. Washington."

After news of Tate's pending suspension leaked last month, he said the presence of a banned substance stemmed from a prescription from a fertility specialist. Tate stated that upon learning the drug contained an ingredient on the league's banned substance list, he immediately reported the situation himself to the NFL prior to knowing he failed a test.