Golden Tate’s four-game suspension upheld after appeal turned down

New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate has had the appeal of his four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL’s policy on performance enhancers turned down.

The decision by an independent arbiter was announced on Tuesday and means the 10-year-veteran will miss the first four games of the regular season, starting with Dallas on September 8.

Tate, who signed a $37.5 million contract as a free agent with the Giants in March, announced the suspension in a Twitter post on July 27.

He said he intended to appeal it and felt his case had merit because he was using a fertility drug prescribed by a doctor.

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