Adam Caplan is reporting that Indianapolis Colts all-world pass rusher, Robert Mathis, has been suspended four games.
#Colts announced: LB Robert Mathis suspended 4 games.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) May 16, 2014
Jason La Canfora is reporting that the suspension is for use of a banned substance.
Colts release statement in response to a 4 game suspension for Robert Mathis for using a banned substance
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) May 16, 2014
The Pro Bowl pass rusher will miss games against Broncos, Eagles, Jaguars and Titans. Mathis had 19.5 sacks last season, and eight forced fumbles.
Mathis says he was just trying to make a baby.
“It is difficult for me to address the circumstances surrounding this suspension because they involve very personal medical information, but it is very important to me that my fans, particularly young people, understand what did and did not occur. Like many families, my wife and I faced fertility challenges, and I sought medical assistance. I specifically asked the doctor if the medication he prescribed for me would present a problem for NFL drug testing, and unfortunately, he incorrectly told me that it would not. I made the mistake of not calling the NFL or NFLPA to double check before I took the medication at the end of last season. The union has worked very closely with me to present all of the facts and medical records for consideration of discipline that does not include a suspension because of the unique facts of my case, but the Commissioner refused the request. I am deeply saddened that this situation will prevent me from contributing to my team for four games, and I regret that I didn’t cross check what my doctor told me before I took the medication. I hope that my fans will understand the unique circumstances involved here and continue to know that I am a man of integrity who would never intentionally circumvent the performance enhancing substance policy agreed to by the NFL and my union. The incredible blessing of this very upsetting situation is that, after I took the medication very briefly at the end of last season, we learned that my wife is expecting a baby. We are thrilled that we will be welcoming a new member in several months, but I apologize to my teammates, coaches and Colts fans that I will not be able to contribute to my team for the first four weeks of the 2014 season. I will work extremely hard during that time to stay in top football shape and will be prepared to contribute immediately upon my return.”