Chargers’ Antonio Gates Suspended For PEDs

By Staff  |  07/02/2015

Antonio Gates

The NFL suspended San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates on Thursday (July 2), without pay, for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The 35-year-old will miss the first four games of the 2015 regular season, and is eligible to return to Chargers' active roster on Oct. 5.

In a statement released by the team, Gates said he did not knowingly take a banned substance, but acknowledged he did take supplements this offseason and accepts the consequences.

"I take full responsibility for my actions," Gates said. "I'd like to express my sincere apologies to the Chargers, my teammates, coaches, fans and the league who have always supported me and expected and gotten nothing but the highest level of integrity from me."