How far the Sanchize has fallen.
Former Jets quarterback and current free agent Mark Sanchez was suspended four games for the 2018 season after violating the league’s PED policy, the league announced on Friday.
The QB who took the Jets to a pair of AFC title games released a statement on Instagram, claiming to be “blind-sided” by the news that he tested positive for a banned substance.
“I want to say unequivocally that I have never cheated or attempted to gain a competitive advantage by using a banned performance enhancing substance,” he said. “During the past 9 years as an NFL player I have been subject to 73 drug tests — an average of over 8 tests per season — and all but one have been clean. I have taken the same regimen of supplements for the past five years without any issues.
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“The timing and results of my tests establish circumstances of unknowing supplement contamination, not the use of performance enhancing substances.”
Sanchez, 31, is still looking for a team in 2018 but may have trouble signing with anyone now that he will have to sit out four games.
He was a member of the Chicago Bears last season as their No. 3 quarterback but has not played in an NFL regular season game since 2016 while with the Cowboys.
Sanchez was the Jets first-round draft pick in 2009 and took the team to two consecutive AFC Championship Games but has been relegated to a backup role since leaving New York after the 2012 season.
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He is probably best remembered for the infamous Buttfumble, in which he ran into the backside of offensive lineman Brandon Moore and fumbled the ball, which was scooped and returned for a touchdown by the Patriots on Thanksgiving Day, 2012.
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