Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis has posted a video on Twitter announcing that he has tested positive for a banned substance.
This is by far one of the saddest days of my NFL career. I never thought that this would happen to me. I’ve worked extremely hard to do things the right way on and off the field. Panther Nation please know that I am not a cheater. #KeepPounding pic.twitter.com/zUppMfm6yk— Thomas Davis (@ThomasDavisSDTM) April 6, 2018
In his statement, Davis claims he has taken the same supplements for the past seven to eight years and has never failed any of the numerous tests he has taken. He also says that it was an estrogen blocker that resulted in the failed test, not a steroid.
Davis also said the following:
I just wanted you guys to know, in no way would I ever do anything, like I said, to cheat this game or to try to create a competitive advantage over anybody. I’ve always tried to do things the right way, and that’s something I will continue to do when I’m able to get back onto the field. I can honestly tell you guys that my conscience is clear in this situation, and as bad as it hurts me to sit here and tell you guys this I know it’s going to hurt a lot of people that have looked up and believed in Thomas Davis over the years, just know — in no way... in no way have I done anything intentional to try to cheat this game. I’m gonna serve this four game suspension, and I’ll be back ready to go.
Davis will be suspended for the first four games of the 2018 NFL season. He will be replaced in the lineup by Shaq Thompson.
Stay tuned for more details when we have them, Panthers fans.