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Clemson Coach Says College Accidentally Gave Players PEDs — Come On

Said Coach Swinney of the results: “They’re going to test everything and look at everything. And that’s the problem.”

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Clemson Tigers coach Dabo Swinney seems to be hinting that he thinks his own football program gave three players the PEDs they tested positive for last year. But his claims seems very hard to believe.

Swinney spoke up in defense of his three players accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs and saying that the school itself may have mistakenly given the substance to them.

Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, offensive lineman Zach Giella, and tight end Braden Galloway all failed an NCAA PED test as the players prepared for the College Football Playoff Semifinal against Notre Dame last December. All three tested positive for the banned muscle growth substance ostarine.

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The players were punished after the test results were reported, but Clemson appealed the suspensions meted out.

“Oh yeah, I mean, there’s a chance that it could come from anything,” Swinney said of the test results. “They’re going to test everything and look at everything. And that’s the problem. As you really look at this stuff, it could be a contaminant that came from anything, that was something that was cleared and not a problem, and all of a sudden, it becomes there was something.”

Wait. How does this make any sense? If his own program was “accidentally” giving out tainted supplements, how is it that only three of the players tested positively? His claims really don’t make much sense. If the school was handing out ostarine-tainted supplements, more than just three players would have tested positive.

Clemson has not yet heard about its appeals and Swinney says that the whole situation is now out of his hands and in the hands of the school’s legal team. Clemson’s lawyers are looking into the possibility that the school gave the substance to the players, according to Swinney.

“It’s a huge undertaking, and I really have not been in that loop,” Swinney said. “I’ve gone and seen Dan maybe like a minute here and a minute there over the last several weeks. I now that they’re all working through that.”

Swinney also said that some supplements that players take might have “contaminants” in them.

“You can research articles, there are a lot of times when things are cleared and end up having a contaminant in it because of where it was processed, the factory it came from, whether there were other things there,” Swinney said. “So there’s a lot of that. There’s a case out there that there was a contaminant at a testing lab. There are lots of different things, and the legal people are involved in that.”

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The AAF’s First Game in San Antonio Drew More Fans Than Every Chargers Home Game

The NFL’s Anthem antics may have finally caught up to them.

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In a bad sign for the NFL — or at least for the Los Angeles Chargers — for its very first game, the new Alliance of American Football filled the Chargers’ stadium to over capacity, a feat the Chargers did not match even once during the entire 2018 NFL season.

The AAF held a game in San Antonio this weekend, and the game drew more fans than the NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers did at any home game all year.

Photos of the crowds for the February 17 game between the AAF’s San Antonio Commanders and rivals the San Diego Fleet, shows the stadium completely jammed with fans.

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In the final tally, the game brought out over 29,000 fans to see the game. That was about four thousand more fans than the number that attended any home game the NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers played throughout the 2018 season.

According to 247Sports, the Charges averaged 25,406 fans during the 2018 season and never could seem to fill the stadium.

The Chargers also had the poorest attendance record of the whole league.

This is quite a success story, a least for game one, and shows that the thirst for pro football is stronger than the interest in the NFL!

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Gay Sports Group Expels Martina Navratilova After She Slams Transgenders

The group also insisted that there is “no evidence at all that the average trans woman is any bigger, stronger, or faster than the average cisgender woman.”

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On Sunday, tennis legend Martina Navratilova came out 100 percent against allowing men who claim to be transgender to compete against natural-born women. By Monday, a gay sports group she belonged to expelled her over her remarks.

On Sunday, the 62-year-old tennis star formally discussed her feelings against transgender athletes being allowed acceptance under their chosen gender, calling the idea that men can compete as women “insane” and “cheating.” But her candor and considered opinion were too much for the gay advocacy group, Athlete Ally.

Athlete Ally released a statement Tuesday accusing Navratilova of being “transphobic” and adding that she “has been removed from our Advisory Board and as an Athlete Ally Ambassador, effective immediately.”

The group continued saying, “as an organization committed to eradicating root causes of homophobia and transphobia in and through sports, we are deeply troubled by the misinformation and stigma she is perpetuating and hope that the correct information is disseminated.”

The advocacy group also accused the tennis legend of making statements “based on false data.”

For instance, the group took issue with Navratilova’s characterization of men who “decide to be female.”

“Navratilova referred to trans women as men who ‘decide to be female,’ and that to allow them to compete with women is ‘cheating and unfair.’ First of all, trans women are women, period. They did not decide their gender identity any more than someone decides to be gay, or to have blue eyes,” Athlete Ally wrote in its statement.

The group also insisted that there is “no evidence at all that the average trans woman is any bigger, stronger, or faster than the average cisgender woman.”

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