On Monday Julian Edelman’s appeal for his PED suspension will be heard by the NFL. He reportedly will be mounting a “vigorous” appeal.
ESPN reported earlier this month that the New England Patriots receiver is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
As the MMQB reported a few days later, the substance for which Edelman tested positive wasn’t one the league’s drug testers recognized. That remains one of two key issues at the heart of his appeal.
The other, according to a source, involves a mishandling of the documentation and delivery of Edelman’s test results. During the course of the investigation, it was learned that the NFL made mistakes in the manner in which the test results were handled. Edelman is arguing that the mishandling of the evidence is one of the reasons he should be exonerated.
Interesting, part of Edelman’s appeal isn’t to deny taking a banned substance? He’s going with the handling and the fact that the testers couldn’t recognize the substance instead.
It’s an interesting strategy. One that doesn’t sound like it will fly with the NFL.