San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, a former Buffalo Bill and U.S. Olympian, was suspended by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for one year for failing to provide his whereabouts for drug testing, the agency announced Tuesday.
Goodwin said in a statement released by the 49ers that he never registered a failed test. Instead, the USADA said that Goodwin failed to properly file and maintain his whereabouts information three times in a 12-month period, earning a suspension that began on April 1. The agency requests information from a select group of athletes for out-of-competition drug testing.
Goodwin said he gave up competing in track and field to focus on his football career, which is why he stopped responding to USADA inquires.
“Never in my life have I failed a test. I have never been opposed to testing and, in fact, have always been compliant with each and every protocol and policy associated with my competitive career in track and field,” Goodwin said in the statement. “More than a year ago, I decided to cease competing in the sport in order to concentrate 100 percent on my NFL career. Therefore, I discontinued all practices associated with competing in track and field, including submitting my ‘Whereabouts’ information.
“It appears that because I did not inform USADA of my plans, my name was inadvertently included in their 2017 testing pool. I greatly appreciate the support of the San Francisco 49ers and the National Football League as I work to clarify this matter.”
The 49ers said they were aware of Goodwin’s decision to concentrate solely on football. The team also said that the NFL will not discipline Goodwin under its policy against performance-enhancing drugs.
“Marquise informed our organization quite some time ago that he has no intentions of competing in track and field and has been entirely focused on his football career for more than a year,” the 49ers said in a statement. “We have been in touch with the league office regarding this matter, and understand that Marquise will not be subject to discipline under the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances as a result of USADA’s decision.”
Goodwin was with the Bills when he competed in the 2016 U.S. Olympic team trials in Eugene, Ore. The 26-year-old failed to qualify in the men’s long jump. He signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the 49ers. He placed 10th in the long jump in the 2012 Olympics.
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