According to numerous sources, the NFLPA proved to the NFL that beef that was eaten by Houston Texan left tackle, Duane Brown, caused him to have a positive test for P.E.Ds. The discovery of the hormone and it’s connection to certain types of meats was made by the NFLPA’s associate general counsel Heather McPhee.
Soon after, a warning letter was produced to warn against players consuming too much meat in Mexico and China that the products could cause positive tests for the anabolic substance known as clenbuterol. It is illegal for farmers to use this anabolic substance in livestock.
Clenbuterol has been used in controlling asthma and as an unregulated weight-loss supplement. The anabolic substance is not used in any medication that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration and is banned by the National Football League.
The letter that was released to players and the NFL advises players to be cautious about their meals when traveling to the forementioned countries and are reminded that the league’s substance-abuse policy says “players are responsible for what is in their bodies.”
That is a warning that Duane Brown knows all too well, as he is tested many times during the season. One of those tests came last November after he and his wife had taken a trip to Baja, California. During that trip, it is said that he consumed close to 10 Burgers and two steaks and that ultimately lead to his positive test and suspension.
But, after months of appeals and testimonies, Brown was finally cleared, and he offers his experience as a warning to other players. Brown has since, put the beef down and says he will certainly stick to fish and chicken when he traveling.