New Orleans Saints defensive sort out David Onyemata mentioned Friday he has been instructed he has been banned by the NFL after testing optimistic for a banned substance.
Reports on the NFL Network and the league web site mentioned the suspension was for six video games for a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing substance coverage.
Onyemata, 28, was born in Nigeria and moved to Canada in 2011 the place he realized Canadian soccer. He was drafted by the Saints within the fourth spherical of the 2016 NFL Draft.
In 5 NFL seasons, he has made 167 tackles with 16 sacks and an interception.
Onyemata mentioned he was knowledgeable of the ban by the NFL Players Association.
“While I was certainly surprised and disappointed with this news, I am responsible for what I put in my body,” he posted on social media.
“As I’ve by no means knowingly taken something that might trigger a optimistic take a look at, we’re at present within the means of testing the dietary supplements I used to be taking on the time of the take a look at.
“Regardless, I am committed to being more aware of any medication and dietary supplements that may contain substances banned by the NFL.”
The Saints have reached the playoffs in every of the previous 4 seasons, reaching the NFC championship recreation in the 2018 season earlier than shedding to the Los Angeles Rams.