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SportWhy Patriots TE Watson knowingly took a banned substance

20:55  27 may  2019
20:55  27 may  2019 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

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Benjamin Watson hadn’t planned on playing for the New England Patriots — or any NFL team — at the conclusion of the 2018 season. Watson intended to retire, and began acting accordingly. So when he saw doctors after the season

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New Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson will most likely serve a four-game suspension at the beginning of the season for taking a substance banned by the NFL … something Watson admits he did knowingly, and told teams about before he signed with them.

The reason was that Watson thought he was retired when he took the substance. The 38-year-old Watson finished up with the Saints last season and had planned to retire from the game. In a letter posted to his Facebook, Watson said that he had discussed ways to take care of his body in retirement with his doctors, and they had recommended a testosterone supplement.

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Figuring he was retired, Watson took a testosterone supplement prescribed by his doctor that is banned by the NFL. “On March 29, nine days after I started therapy, I was randomly tested under our substance policies. I complied out of habit, never thinking in that moment I’d want to come back.”

Benjamin Watson explains why he knowingly took a banned substance . New England Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson announced on Facebook on Sunday that he will be serving a four-game Bill Belichick 7 months ago 43 shares. Instant analysis of Patriots signing TE Ben Watson .

When he decided to come back to the Patriots, he knew that he would fail the test.

From Watson's Facebook:

"After my contract expired last March, I told my doctors I was finished playing, went through a series of medical tests and was prescribed Bio Identical Testosterone Cypionate to assist in healing my body and mind.

"On March 29, nine days after I started therapy, I was randomly tested under our substance policies. I complied out of habit, never thinking in the moment I'd want to come back. In late April, some clubs expressed interest in me playing and after much deliberation and prayer, I decided I wanted to return. Considering myself previously retired, I had forgotten all about my test in March until I got a letter on May 3rd saying my results were positive. I was devastated and for obvious reasons did not want to proceed.

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It was an odd decision to release Watson , seeing that the Patriots are openly looking for more pass catchers and Watson is just that, albeit at 38 years of Head coach Bill Belichick was asked about the decision to not activate Watson during his weekly interview with WEEI's afternoon radio show "OMF"

The Patriots are expected to re-sign tight end Benjamin Watson , a source told ESPN. When the Patriots released Watson on Oct. 7, head coach Bill Belichick said the team didn't have a roster spot for him upon his return from a four-game NFL suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.

"At that point I knew my decision to return to play would include a four-game suspension and I immediately discussed this new development with the clubs."

He continued: "Ultimately I decided to pursue another year and on May 9 the Patriots offered me a contract in spite of these circumstances.

"I am excited and thankful to return to New England but very disappointed that I will not be able to play and contribute immediately."

It all makes sense, really, and as long as the Patriots knew about it, then there's not too much of a story here, except an explanation for why Watson will miss the first four games. If any team can handle a guy missing a few games and then getting him installed in a smart way, it's the Patriots.

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New England Patriots tight end Ben Watson was suspended four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy, a punishment he knew was coming when he came out of retirement this offseason. Nine days after first taking it, Watson was tested by the league.

Watson , who took the banned substance during his brief NFL retirement this offseason, explained the context behind his use. "On March 29, nine days after I started therapy, I was randomly tested under our substance policies. I complied out of habit, never thinking in that moment I'd want to come back.

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