Saturday, October 25, 2008

Yea, about that whole "steroids" thing...

Posted By on Sat, Oct 25, 2008 at 8:58 PM

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Forgive me for being a little late on this (thank you, Cox Cable) but yes, Deuce McAllister (along with Will Smith and Charles Grant) have reportedly violated the NFL steroids policy.

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And people thought this season couldn't get any worse.

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The (sort of) good news is that this isn't limited to just the New Orleans Saints, reports are now surfacing that the number of players that tested positive could be as high as 15 and also includes Houston Texans long snapper Bryan Pittman. Of course, it should be noted that there are no reports that these players actually tested positive for steroids, but for weight loss pills and masking substances that are nonetheless banned under the NFL steroid policy.

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Regardless, the news could not have come at a worse time for a Saints team trying to do anything to salvage their season. Now they may be looking at their franchise rushing leader (not to mention fan favorite and icon) plus two defensive ends being suspended for four games. The only good thing for the team is that it won't affect this week's roster and that they're in relatively hidden from the media spotlight on the other side of the Atlantic (not that they're even talking to reporters that are there, anyway).

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The bigger question, though, is how will this affect McAllister's legacy as a Saint? Some are already calling the act inexcusable. And, regardless of your feelings for Deuce, you should agree. The NFL is very clear about what are banned substances. But in the long run, this ugly incident may mark the end of McAllister's career as a Saint. Anyone who's seen the Saints play this year knows that McAllister hasn't been treated like the premiere back he once was. And the fact that he tested positive for a weight loss substance negates the fact that the showed up to camp lighter than ever.

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Forget everything that Deuce has done over the years for the city of New Orleans, the way that he became the face of the franchise and the team's all-time rushing leader. Forget all his fans and the Superdome united in a chorus of "Deuuuuuccceee". Forget all that and try to ignore the television announcers when they'll undoubtedly mention the test (probably multiple times). Forget it all while you're watching Deuce play against the Chargers, because it may be one of the last times you'll see him in a Saints uniform.

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