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Golden Tate’s appeal denied, new Giants WR will sit out first four games


The Giants suffered a blow Tuesday when the NFL denied Golden Tate’s appeal of his four-game suspension.

Tate will miss the first month of the new season after violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, a positive test the Giants wide receiver blamed on “fertility planning” treatment.

The veteran WR will be eligible to participate in practices and games during the preseason, but once the games start for real he will be watching from his couch. Tate will be allowed back on the Giants’ active roster on Monday, Sept. 30 following Big Blue’s game against Washington.

The failed test was first revealed in late July when Tate announced he would appeal the decision. At the time Tate expressed confidence “in the facts” of his case, but winning an appeal was always going to be a Hail Mary attempt for the father of two.

“Players are responsible for what is in their bodies and a positive test will not be excused because a Player was unaware that he was taking a Prohibited Substance," is the language of the NFL policy.

Golden Tate
Golden Tate (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Tate said he flunked the PED test because a prescribed medication for fertility treatments contained a banned ingredient. He explained that he “immediately discontinued use." He said he was proactive with both the league and the Giants after realizing his mistake.

The Giants signed Tate to a four-year, $37.5 million contract with $23 million guaranteed on March 14. Tate’s suspension will cost him slightly more than $1.75 million in signing bonus, base salary and roster bonus forfeitures, per NFL Network.

“Golden is a smart player and he is going to be in the right spot and he has a good feel for the zones, how to get open versus different techniques and stuff," Eli Manning said before news of the lost appeal. "A veteran guy but also, we have seen a bunch of it with the Giants, his run after catch historically has been very good, a play maker. Hopefully, things work out and he will be here all year.”

The Giants had banked on Tate grabbing some of the workload at the wide receiver spot after trading away disgruntled star Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns.