A linebacker for the NFL, National Football League, Thomas Davis, who has been playing with the Carolina Panthers from way back in 2005 has received a suspension for a period of four games as part of his punishment for a first-time violation of the policies surrounding Peds or performance-enhancing substances. The name of the performance-enhancing drug that he has been using has not been revealed by the National Football League or the National Football League Players Association. Davis has vehemently denied that the drug discovered in his system was any kind of human growth hormone or anabolic steroid.
He went on to upload a video via Twitter a part of his response to the suspension. He told his followers that the positive test result was caused by the use of an estrogen blocker, he stated that he was told he had tested positive for a substance that is banned, which caught completely off guard, especially as he has never done anything to try and cheat his way through the game, he has never had a positive test result for HGH or anabolic steroids, and this is not one of those situations. The positive result was triggered by an estrogen blocker, which typically refers to a certain class of drugs known as serms, or selective estrogen receptor modulators.
Many of the selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) include drugs such as Clomid, Nolvadex, and Fareston, which are commonly used by athletes and bodybuilders as a way to block the effects of aromatizing effects that occur with anabolic steroid usage. Davis went on to deny that he had intentionally used estrogen blockers, however, he did appear to acknowledge the fact that he could have unknowingly ingested the banned substance via dietary supplements that could have potentially been contaminated. Regardless of this fact, he remained certain that the dietary supplements could not be contaminated as he has used exactly the same brand of supplements for the past 8 or so years without any issues. He also said that he had passed several anti-doping tests while continuing to use exactly the same dietary and health supplements as before. He did not, however, make it clear who the manufacturer of the supplement was, or what the name of the supplement was.
Throughout his football career, Davis has had to injure a considerable amount of adversity, which included him suffering from 3 ACL surgeries and tears, of which he made a spectacular recovery from. In 2012 he made his comeback after his third surgery and has been a leading player for the Panthers ever since. Since 2013 he has started a minimum of 15 games each season and has also been named as a pro bowler for three years in a row starting from 2015. He had planned his retirement to commence after the NFL 2018 season but does not want his career to finish on a low note surrounding a performance-enhancing drug suspension. For this reason, he is thinking about postponing his retirement until after the NFL 2019 football season so that he can retire on top form. The use of anabolic steroids and human growth hormones is rife throughout the football world, especially with such large rewards being on an offer for the most successful players of the sport. While there is always the possibility that contaminated steroids could lead to a positive test result, this is more often than not an excuse and a way for the athlete to try and back away from any allegations of steroid abuse.