Giants’ Tate suspended first four games of 2019 season
By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
In the off-season, the New York Giants signed then-free agent wide receiver Golden Tate to a four-year, $37.5 million deal. The 30-year-old — at least right now — will miss the first four games with his new teammates.
On Saturday morning, Tate was hit with a four-game suspension. He allegedly violated the NFL’s PED policy.
Tate is appealing the suspension according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The wide receiver believes he can beat this suspension.
An appeal hearing will be heard on August 6th.
“This past April, during the off-season, my wife and I decided to see a specialist for fertility planning,” Tate said. “I started the treatment prescribed to me and just days later, I discovered it contained an ingredient that is on the league’s banned substance list. 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. I did all of this well before a failed test was even confirmed.
“Per NFL protocol, an initial suspension was imminent, but myself and the Giants organization are confident in the facts, and eagerly await my appeal to put this behind us.”
This is the latest news regarding Giants wide receivers in recent weeks. Corey Coleman suffered a season-ending torn ACL injury, the team announced on Friday.
Also, it was previously announced that Sterling Shepard fractured his thumb. This is not a serious injury, but he’s expected to miss at least the next two weeks.
The Hendersonville, Tennessee native was a second-round draft pick by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2010 NFL Draft. The Giants are his fourth NFL team.
He previously played with the Seahawks, Detroit Lions, and the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2018, he split between the Lions and the Eagles.
In 2018, he appeared in eight games, including four starts with the Eagles. He had 30 receptions for 278 yards and a touchdown.
Before the trade, he appeared in seven games, including four starts, with the Lions. He had 44 receptions for 517 yards and three touchdowns.
With the Eagles, he also had one rushing attempt for -8 yards. During his time with the Lions, he had three carries for 42 yards.
In his career, he appeared in 137 games, including 101 starts. He had 611 receptions for 7,214 yards and 38 touchdowns.
He also has 43 carries for 200 yards.