Mark Sanchez blames 'contamination' after testing positive for banned substance

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Former Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has another embarrassing moment to go alongside the infamous “Butt Fumble.”

The NFL has suspended him for the first four games of the 2018 season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. The substance he used wasn’t identified.

Sanchez, now a free agent, acknowledged in an Instagram post Friday he had been told by the NFL that he tested positive for a banned substance.

However, like the majority of athletes in such cases, he strongly denied having knowingly taken PEDs.

“I want to say unequivocally that I have never cheated or attempted to gain a competitive advantage by using a banned performance enhancing substance,” Sanchez wrote.

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He said he was “blind-sided by the news” of his positive test, which he blamed on an “unknowing supplement contamination.”

“During the past 9 years as an NFL player I have been subject to 73 drug tests — an average of over 8 tests per season — and all but one have been clean,” wrote the 31-year-old QB. “I have taken the same regimen of supplements for the past five years without any issues.

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“The timing and results of my tests establish circumstances of unknowing supplement contamination, not the use of performance enhancing substances.”

Despite Sanchez’s clean record when it comes to PEDs, many fans weren’t buying his claims of innocence.

“You sound just like the rest of the guys who have failed doping tests,” one user responded to his Instagram post.

“Nice write up from your lawyer,” said another.

Plenty of others, however, said they believed him.

“I’m sure this story is bogus and I’m saddened you have to go through this,” said one Instagram response.

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Others said Sanchez’s statement was credible for a less-flattering reason.

Sanchez, who was drafted by the Jets with the No. 5 overall pick in 2009, never lived up to the lofty expectations. After New York made it to the AFC championship game in his first two seasons, Sanchez eventually lost his grip on the starting job and was released in 2014.

He was picked up by the Eagles and started 10 games in two years before being traded to the Broncos. Over the past three seasons, Sanchez backed up younger quarterbacks in Denver, Dallas and Chicago.

Sanchez is hoping to find another such opportunity next season, but the four-game suspension won’t make it any easier for him.

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Todd Windsor is a senior story editor at The Western Journal. He has worked as an editor or reporter in news and sports for more than 30 years.
Todd Windsor is a senior story editor at The Western Journal. He was born in Baltimore and grew up in Maryland. He graduated from the University of Miami (he dreams of wearing the turnover chain) and has worked as an editor and reporter in news and sports for more than 30 years. Todd started at The Miami News (defunct) and went on to work at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., the St. Petersburg (now Tampa Bay) Times, The Baltimore Sun and Space News before joining Liftable Media in 2016. He and his beautiful wife have two amazing daughters and a very old Beagle.
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