New Orleans Saints DT Onyemata suspended for performance-enhancing substances

Jun 16, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end David Onyemata (93) during the final day of minicamp at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been reported by ESPN that New Orleans Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata has been suspended for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Onyemata will still be eligible to participate in all preseason activities, and will be able to return full-time to the active roster after the Saints’ week seven game at Seattle.


In an Instagram post, Onyeamata stated,

“I was informed by the NFLPA yesterday that I have tested positive for a banned substance resulting in a suspension for part of the 2021 NFL season. While I was certainly surprised and disappointed with this news, I am responsible for what I put in my body. As I have never knowingly taken anything that could cause a positive test, we are currently in the process of testing the supplements I was taking at the time of the test. Regardless, I am committed to being more aware of any medication and dietary supplements that may contain substances banned by the NFL.”

The Nigerian born standout immigrated to Winnipeg in 2011 where he attended the University of Manitoba before getting selected 120th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Saints. Onyemata has amassed 167 tackles and 16 sacks in his five year NFL career.

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