INDIANAPOLIS – A key part of the Colts’ defense has been sidelined. The NFL suspended linebacker Robert Mathis without pay for four games. The league said he violated their policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
Mathis said the issue is a mix-up stemming from fertility drugs, because he and his wife were trying to get pregnant.
Mathis released a statement Friday, but it did not name the specific drug that caused the positive test. ESPN is reporting that the drug is called Clomid. A pharmacist FOX 59 spoke with Friday night said it’s usually prescribed for women undergoing fertility treatments and rarely prescribed for men.
Wedding video shows the day when Robert Mathis and his wife Brandi tied the knot in June of 2013. But according to the football star, the wedded bliss turned to frustration. The couple faced fertility challenges, and they couldn’t get pregnant.
A spokesperson for Mathis told ESPN he started taking the drug Clomid last November after consulting with an Atlanta doctor. ESPN reported that his wife couldn’t take the drug because of a medical condition.
A quick online search of Clomid turns up a variety of results. Online articles report that in women it can spark ovulation, while in men it can increase sperm and testosterone production. We even found references to steroid use and bodybuilding.
Regardless, what Mathis took violated the NFL’s policy for performance-enhancing drugs.
“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,” said Mathis in a statement,” 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.”
Colts blogger Brad Wells talked to FOX 59 on Friday night by Skype about the Mathis situation.
“I think fans are going to react that the NFL is being unreasonable, even though the NFL’s policy is clearly stated that it’s a zero-tolerance policy with these types of things,” said Wells.
Wells said the Colts faithful will likely trust Mathis, that it all was a misunderstanding. But he said the linebacker’s performance next year will be watched closely because of the suspect situation.
“I think in general, it’s probably a good idea to believe him, though regarding the drug you’re talking about I think it is appropriate to have some pause,” he said.
Mathis in his statement Friday said he’s a man of integrity who would never go around the NFL’s rules. The Colts also released a statement saying he’s an honored and cherished member of the family, and he has their support.