New Orleans Saints will be without star-defensive tackle David Onyemata for at least some of the 2021 season after he revealed on Instagram Thursday night that he has been suspended for testing positive for a banned substance.
Onyemata, 28, said he was “surprised” by the failed test result, adding that he “never knowingly” took a banned drug.
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“I was informed by the NFLPA yesterday that I have tested positive for a banned substance, which resulted in a suspension for part of the 2021 NFL season,” Onyemata wrote in his Instagram Stories. “While I was certainly surprised and disappointed by this news, I am responsible for what I put into my body.”
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He continued. “Since I have never consciously taken anything that could cause a positive test, we are currently testing the supplements I took at the time of the test. Regardless, I am committed to paying more attention to medications and supplements. which may contain substances that are banned by the NFL. “
A fourth-round draft from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Onyemata, is one of the most important defenders of the Saints. He is started in 30 games the last two years and has totaled 16 sacks and 167 tackles over five seasons with the Saints. He recorded his first interception last season in New Orleans ’38-3 win over Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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Onyemata was previously suspended for a game in 2019 for violating the league’s drug abuse policy. The length of his second suspension was not yet known Friday.