As reported this afternoon, Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes tested positive for PED’s this past Saturday and was suspended for the first four games of the regular season as per NFL policy. It was also reported that Holmes denied using amphetamines and apologized to the Raiders organization and NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport found the full statement that was released in light of Holmes positive test.
“When I received a letter from the NFL stating that I tested positive for amphetamine, which is banned under the NFL performance enhancing substances policy during an off-season test in April, I was very surprised as I know that I did not take any banned substances. I know that I had been quite ill when I was tested in early April, as I reported to the sample collector at the time my sample was given, so I thought one of the medications I was taking was responsible. However, to this day, even after further testing, I do not know how the substance got into my system. The drug policy rules are very strict with a zero tolerance, so I after consulting with the NFLPA and reviewing the medical documentation, I will not appeal the discipline. During training camp and preseason I will work extremely hard, and I will continue to work intensely so that I’m ready to contribute the minute I am back. I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches and Raiders fans for this situation.”
Holmes projected to be an afterthought heading into Raiders camp. A practice squad player with the Cowboys and the Raiders, Holmes has only amounted to a handful of receptions in the NFL and was more than likely going to be cut even before the news of his suspension. Just goes to show you how you can become a known name around the league once you get a PED violation attached to you.