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Former Lions WR Golden Tate’s 4-game suspension stands, appeal denied

The former Lions receiver will miss the first four games of the season.

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The New York Giants announced on Tuesday that former Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate will officially be suspended for the first four games of the 2019 season. This means that Tate’s appeal to have the suspension has been denied.

Back in July, Tate self-reported he was facing a suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. According to Tate, he unknowingly took a fertility drug that contains a substance banned in the NFL. After finding that out, he immediately stopped using the drug and notified the team and the league of what happened.

“I immediately discontinued use, I reported the situation to the Independent Administrator of the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances, and I spoke with my coaches and general manager,” Tate said in a social media post last month. “I did all of this well before a failed test was even confirmed.”

Despite taking all of those proactive steps, Tate’s suspension will stand, meaning he will miss the Giants’ first four games against the Cowboys, Bills, Buccaneers and Washington.

He will still be eligible to play against the Detroit Lions—the team that traded him last year—when the two teams face off in Week 8.