Edelman Having Appeal Heard Monday
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who has been popped under the NFL's performance enhancing drug policy and been levied a four-game suspension to start the upcoming season, is getting his day in court Monday.
Edelman, who is working his way back from a torn ACL which cost him all of last season, is having his appeal of the suspension heard today.
The 32-year-old, who apologized to his teammates, coaches, owner and fans when the news of the suspension first broke a few weeks back, initially claimed that he had "no idea" how his sample came back tainted.
According to an ESPN report, Edelman and his legal team are focusing their appeal on two major factors; first, that the league's testers didn't recognize the substance that caused the positive test and, secondly, that the delivery and documentation of his sample was botched.
Typically, suspension appeals do not get initial tests and rulings overturned, though there are instances of cases being thrown out.