"I've always tried to do things the right way".
Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis shared a video on his Twitter account Friday afternoon announcing he's been suspended by the National Football League for testing positive for a banned substance. In a video he posted on social media, Thomas said it was not for steroids or HGH, but for an estrogen blocker.
"I was informed that I tested positive for a banned substance", Davis said in a heartfelt message on Twitter. Davis, who is 35, said earlier this year that 2018 would be his last season.
"Just know, in no way - in no way - have I done anything intentionally to try to cheat this game".
Davis claims that he's been taking the same supplements for years and never had any intention of gaming the system.
What we do know is the Panthers will be without their seven-time captain and all-time leading tackler for the first quarter of next season. Davis started 15 games last season for the Panthers.
Davis posted a video on his Twitter account on Friday saying that he tested positive for an estrogen blocker. Unfortunately, this is some of things that happens when you take supplements. "But just know that in no way I have done anything to try to cheat this game".
The 14-year veteran said after the punishment, he would be ready to get back on the field with his teammates. I can honestly tell you guys that my conscience is clear in this situation. I've never in way done anything to try to intentionally cheat the game.
But he left open the possibility of playing beyond 2018 on Friday, saying "who knows, maybe this isn't my previous year".
Davis, who was named the NFL's Man of the Year in 2014, has only missed a total of two games over the past five seasons. He made his first Pro Bowl roster at age 32 and has made the game the past three years.