Another day, another New York Giants drug suspension. Fox Sports’ Mike Garofalo breaks the news that Giants offensive lineman Eric Herman has been suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league’s performance enhancing drugs policy.
Herman’s excuse? I was taking something I didn’t know I wasn’t supposed to take. In a statement on behalf of Herman, the NFLPA said the following:
“The NFL requires a therapeutic use exemption for permission to take certain medications. I have a TUE for one medication, but not another stimulant that treats the same condition. Unfortunately, a stimulant for which I don’t have a TUE was in my body, and the rules are very strict so I am taking responsibility for my mistake. I sincerely apologize to my teammates and coaches. I will not make the same mistake in the future, and I will spend the four weeks working hard to be ready to return to work.”
A seventh round pick out of Ohio by the Giants in 2013, Herman already had an uphill battle to make the team out of training camp. That battle only got more difficult with his suspension.
It’s been somewhat of a rough offseason for the Giants with drug suspensions. Before Herman, Will Hill and Jayron Hosley were both slapped with four-game bans for failing drug tests. Hill, a repeat-offender, was ultimately cut and signed by the Ravens.