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Panthers OT Lee Ziemba Suspended 4 Games For Violating PED Policy
Panthers offensive lineman Lee Ziemba has been suspended for four games after testing positive for a banned stimulant, Ziemba said Saturday in a statement released by his agent.
Ziemba, who is on injured reserve following surgery in August, said he never knowingly ingested a performance-enhancing substance but he's decided not to appeal the suspension and will begin serving it immediately.
Ziemba will forfeit $116,250 – a fourth of his salary – while serving the suspension.
Ziemba, the Panthers' seventh-round pick in 2011 from Auburn, did not identify the substance in his statement.
In his statement, Ziemba said he learned of the positive test in mid-September, about a month after tearing his lateral meniscus in training camp.
“I was extremely confused and upset when I was informed of this result since I have never knowingly ingested any performance-enhancing substance,” Ziemba said. “My training regimen has included supplements that I carefully chose and believed to be free from any prohibited substance under the NFL/NFLPA policies.
“After extensive discussions and careful consideration of the terms of the NFL/NFLPA policies, I have chosen to be immediately accountable for the situation.”
Source: Charlotte Observer
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