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July 24, 2012

Neblett says diet supplement caused failed drug test

Panthers defensive tackle Andre Neblett said his positive test for a banned performance-enhancing substance was caused by an over-the-counter dietary supplement.

Neblett unsuccessfully appealed the four-game suspension that accompanies a first violation of the league's performance-enhancing substance policy.

Neblett did not identify the supplement, which he said he was taking to keep his weight down. The 6-foot Neblett is listed at 310 pounds on the Panthers' current roster, 15 pounds heavier than last season.

“(It was) something I know I shouldn't have took and should have checked with my trainer,” Neblett said Tuesday.

Neblett, a third-year player who started four games last season after starters Sione Fua and Terrell McClain were injured, said he let his family and team down.

“I'm costing a team that can potentially make it to the playoffs four games, and I can be a guy that can help,” he said.

Neblett can practice and play in games throughout the preseason. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Neblett would be evaluated like any other player.

But Neblett, who underwent shoulder surgery in the offseason, said his suspension makes it harder to make the team.

“I'm not going to be there for four games. So that means somebody's going to be able to step up and take that spot, just as I did,” Neblett said. “So it's definitely going to be some work getting back.”

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on July 24, 2012 at 12:41 PM | Permalink

Comments

Finally, someone saysing it was my fault.

Posted by: JC | Jul 24, 2012 1:12:20 PM

No doubt. Nice to see someone man up for a change.

He sounds truly worried about making the final 53, too. He should be.

Posted by: Panther Fan in GA | Jul 24, 2012 1:45:15 PM

When will these guys figure out that if you don't get it from the trainer you don't take it?

Of course, it seems like after every positive drug test, we hear "it was just a dietary supplement"... "I didn't know it contained something that was banned..." etc...

Posted by: John | Jul 24, 2012 1:47:02 PM

you guys are so gullible.

saying it's his fault? yet appealing the league's decision? taking full blame would be revealing what it is you took, not appealing and apologizing to the league, team and fans.

dude was taking steriods.

Posted by: Fast Freddie | Jul 24, 2012 1:50:27 PM

Why is it that EVERY TIME a player is caught juicing, he says "I would never knowingly take any PED and this positive result must be from an ingredient in a totally legal pill and there is no way I could have ever known it would make me flunk a drug test" or something of similar ilk. We have to hear this crap every time somebody does a positive, ever since Barry tried to convince us his head blew up 5 hat sizes when "it was just flax seed oil."

Come on, man. Admit you were juicing. THAT would be manning up...

Posted by: J | Jul 24, 2012 2:08:01 PM

EXACTLY.

not buying this for a second. why not disclose the supplement? because it doesn't exist! or because you know they would sue you for lying and defamation of their company.

steriods man, steriods.

Posted by: Fast Freddie | Jul 24, 2012 2:23:31 PM

HMMM, MAYBE IM READING WRONG. AND YALL READING BETWEEN THE LINES. OR MAYBE IM JUST GULLIBLE.
BUT I SEE IT SAYS " He said he was taking to keep his weight down".. STEROIDS LAST I KNEW, HELPS YOU GAIN WEIGHT AND MUSCLE MASS. NOT LOSE IT. AND FOR HIS POSITION, HE GAINED 15 POUNDS WHICH HE DOESNT WANT TO DO. SO THEREFORE I DONT THINK HE WOULD HAVE BEEN DOING STEROIDS. BUT AGAIN I MAY JUST BE GULLIBLE.

Posted by: PANTHERSFAN4LIFE | Jul 24, 2012 2:34:05 PM

panthersfan4life

Steroids don't make you gain or lose weight - that's all diet and caloric intake.

I would guess it was a fat-burner/energy product that had a banned stimulant in it.

Posted by: Brittany Logan | Jul 24, 2012 2:39:38 PM

No need for the all caps... but there are hundreds of possible substances. The doping ban lists are crazy.

Posted by: LOUDNOISES | Jul 24, 2012 2:44:27 PM

Brittany's right, but any excuses are irrelevant. Almost every drug testing program includes a strict liability for the athlete: it doesn't matter how or why it's in your body, just that it is. The NFL, particularly, does a great job in providing an exhaustive list of approved substances, as well as a hotline players can call to check on others that aren't covered.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 24, 2012 2:59:28 PM

Pretty simple really: Eat less and move more. Getting rid of that jelly belly just takes some effort without any dietary supplements. Lame excuse and a lame effort. Do all these guys belong to the dumb and dumber club?

Posted by: Ed | Jul 24, 2012 3:40:10 PM

try Ex-Laxx!

Posted by: joe cool | Jul 24, 2012 8:58:42 PM

Who cares! We want a superbowl

Posted by: Brian | Jul 24, 2012 10:08:32 PM

He should have used Herbalife 24 for athletes. No banned ingredients.

Posted by: barb | Jul 24, 2012 10:25:54 PM

There's a lot of things he should have done and could have done differently. Starting with not taking PED's.

Posted by: Fast Freddie | Jul 25, 2012 10:41:29 AM

I suspect there's any number of substances that could cause a positive test result, but.. chances are it was the juice. The NBA drug testing is like anything else.. the more they do it, the more the players experiment with what they can/can't take to get around it.

Posted by: Jeff | Jul 25, 2012 11:57:28 AM

(meant NFL. basketball on the brain)

Posted by: Jeff | Jul 25, 2012 11:58:01 AM

Neblett is a beast and unlike most dt he's super athletic!! No need for peds when your trying to lose weight so he can be faster off the ball. The panthers realize they found a diamond in the rough let him do his four game suspension and prove to all the naysayers he's worth the second chance this is America he's only 23yrs old we all do some suspect things at that age give him a break

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