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SportJets' Nathan Shepherd candid about 6-game PED suspension: 'I made a selfish decision'

08:25  11 september  2019
08:25  11 september  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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Defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd told NFL.com that he’s facing a six - game suspension for two violations of the NFL’s PED policy. I made a rash decision , an unwise decision and a selfish decision to look to certain PEDs in order to help me with that recovery process so I would be ready to

New York Jets defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd is facing a six - game suspension for using performance-enhancing substances – twice. I made a rash decision , an unwise decision and a selfish decision to look to certain PEDs in order to help me with that recovery process so I would be

New York Jets defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd is suspended six games, effective immediately, for two separate violations of the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday.

Jets' Nathan Shepherd candid about 6-game PED suspension: 'I made a selfish decision'© Provided by Oath Inc. Jets defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd took full responsibility for his six-game PED-related ban. (AP Photo)

The 25-year-old, who played in every game for the Jets in 2018, will be eligible to return Monday, Oct. 28.

What’s particularly notable about the suspension, however, was Shepherd’s candor in addressing the situation. He failed the two drug tests in late July while recovering from shoulder surgery, as well as a groin injury. While rehabbing the shoulder, and MRI revealed that Shepherd would need a hernia surgery for his groin, and while recovering from that procedure, he herniated the L4-L5 disc in his back.

Jets DT Nathan Shepherd Suspended Six Games For PED Violations

Jets DT Nathan Shepherd Suspended Six Games For PED Violations Today is Jets defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd’s 26th birthday. One of his gifts for the day is a shiny new six game suspension, courtesy of the NFL, for violations of league policy regarding performance enhancing drugs. Shepherd had a disappointing rookie year in 2018 and followed that up with a disappointing pre-season this year, arguably outplayed by fellow 2018 draft pick and backup defensive tackle Foley Fatukasi. He is old for his experience level, coming out of a tiny college program. It was always going to be an uphill battle for Shepherd to carve out a role in the NFL. A six game suspension just made that hill a little steeper.

The NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero is reporting that Jets defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd is facing a six game suspension for multiple PED use violations. “ I made a rash decision , an unwise decision and a selfish decision .”# Jets DT Nathan Shepherd tells me he’s facing a six - game

Defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd was inactive for the Jets in Week One and he'll be missing many more games in the near future. I felt that because of these limitations, I wasn’t going to be able to do that. I made a rash decision , an unwise decision and a selfish decision to look to certain PEDs in

The circumstances made it difficult for him to perform well on the field at an important time, he said.

"All that was going on, I was coming off of a subpar season and a new coaching staff, new playbook, new everything," Shepherd said. "In my mindset, I didn't feel very confident with how everything had gone thus far. In my mind, I was so prepared to come into this offseason and have a successful offseason and train very hard. I felt that because of these limitations, I wasn't going to be able to do that. I made a rash decision, an unwise decision and a selfish decision to look to certain PEDs in order to help me with that recovery process so I would be ready to go."

According to the NFL-NFLPA PED policy, Shepherd could have been suspended a maximum of 14 games (four games for the first violation and 10 for the second), but the league essentially split the difference, according to Pelissero.

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Shepherd actually failed two PED tests that could have prompted the league to suspend him for 14 games , according to a source. I made a rash decision , an unwise decision and a selfish decision to look to certain PEDs in The Jets were aware of the pending suspension during the preseason.

Nathan Shepherd admits that he made a big mistake. On Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reported that Shepherd had been handed a six - game suspension for two separate violations of I made a rash decision , an unwise decision and a selfish decision to look to certain PEDs in

Shepherd said he’ll continue to rehab near the Jets’ facility while suspended and noted that he felt some pressure to return to the field quickly.

“I‘m still trying to get my feet under me, literally," Shepherd said. "Most definitely, I want to be able to provide for my daughter and my family and myself, for sure. I don't use that as a crutch, though, or an excuse, because I'm definitely not the only person in the NFL with kids.”

While he’s only getting once suspension, another failed test would count as a third strike, and Shepherd could land a two-year ban, at minimum.

"I feel like I used eight of my nine lives. I kind of have to treat it like I have a peanut allergy -- if I get one more, it's going to be over for me. That's just my reality and I accept that,” he said.

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