Golden Tate
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New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate reportedly won’t have a good chance to win the appeal to his four-game suspension.

On Saturday, the New York Giants suffered another setback as far as the wide receiver position. The news broke that the league decided to suspend receiver Golden Tate for the first four games of the regular season.

The suspension is due to Tate failing a performance-enhancing drug test.

In a Twitter post on Saturday, Tate claimed his reasoning for the failed test as well as stated how he would be appealing the suspension.

If Tate’s statement is true, there’s reason to believe that the NFL should reverse his suspension. However, that’s not how this works, unfortunately. The NFL has a “no tolerance policy” when it comes to these kinds of things.

According to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, Tate will most likely lose the suspension appeal when it’s all said and done.

Vacchiano writes,”‘there’s almost no way’ his appeal will be successful, according to an NFL source. Multiple other sources agreed, saying the NFL’s policy is ‘unforgiving’ and ‘rigid.’

“The best Tate could hope for, the sources agreed, is that the suspension gets reduced from four games to three or, even less likely, two. But not everyone agreed that a reduction was even a possibility.

“‘Everybody has an excuse and they all think it’s good,’ one source said. ‘But it never matters.'”

Vacchiano then went on to claim that one NFL agent told him “He may have done everything right after he took it, and it may have been an innocent mistake. No one will care. The drug policy is unforgiving.”

It doesn’t look good for Tate. The Giants will still hope for the best, as Tate is training as if he’ll play Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys, per Pat Shurmur on Tuesday. However, it doesn’t look like the NFL’s decision will be in Tate’s nor the team’s favor.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.