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Social media tiff ensues between former NFL players over Mark Ingram suspension

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The big story in the “Big Easy” from Tuesday was that former Saints #1 pick and Pro Bowl running back Mark Ingram has been suspended by the NFL for violation of PED policy.

Ingram, who rushed for a career high 1,200 yards and scored 12 touchdowns, as the Saints won the NFC South in 2017, will be forced to sit the first four games of the 2018 season. This includes their home opener with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Superdome on September 9th.

Then, as news leaked of the suspension in the afternoon, a “dust up” on social media ensued between a former Saint and a former Buccaneer, who went head to head against each other on the field in the early to mid-2000’s.

First, Dulymus “Deuce” McAllister, a former very popular New Orleans running back for his entire eight year career (’01-08), predictably came to Ingram’s defense:

McAllister is referring to his own four game suspension by the NFL that happened in the final month of the final year of his career in 2008. More on that, shortly.

Well, former #1 pick of the Jets in 2000 and Bucs tight end (’05-’07) Anthony Becht, who played thirteen total years in the NFL, sounded off too about Ingram being caught for banned substance:

And that’s when, something that rarely happens (at least publicly on social media) ensued: the players started arguing.

McAllister “slapped” at his former NFC South rival:

And Becht, who’s a now a game analyst on ESPN for College Football, as well as working on Bucs radio pre and post game coverage in Tampa, “slapped back:”

Becht is correct and is quoting from the NFL policies on PED’s, which clearly spell out that the player is ultimately responsible for what they take, regardless if it used to not have a banned substance in it or not. If you take it, you are responsible. Becht further gave insight on another aspect of the policy that you can take your supplements and enhancers to a team for them/the NFL to test, but ultimately that’s not a guarantee that you won’t test positive, either.

Back to McAllister. He does have a different view point because in December 2008, he and his teammates Charles Grant and the late Will Smith, all three were given their four game suspensions for taking the same weight loss drug that had banned substance.

Later in 2009, two Minnesota Vikings, Kevin and Pat Williams, who are not related, also tested positive for the same weight loss drug. Those players argued for themselves, and for the Saints players, etc. that the NFL had approved the drug and further in the Vikings case, that the NFL knew that later tests showed the banned substance, but didn’t tell the NFLPA or the players to stay away from it in the future.

And they went to Federal Court in Minnesota.

The Williams’ case made it’s way through the Minnesota courts, where they won twice, but the NFL appealed to the state Supreme Court and finally in 2011 (three seasons later) won, when that court refused to hear the appeal. They basically agreed that the NFL could suspend the players for the positive test, no matter the circumstance of how the players got or took the banned substance.

Again, back to McAllister, he never played again in the NFL after being banned in December of 2008. He is now retired and doing some radio work with the Saints broadcasts and some local television as an analyst, too.

And, ultimately, in his and the others’ case, the NFL was vindicated that player’s are responsible, for what they take, which was Becht’s point Tuesday on social media.

As of Wednesday morning, McAllister and Becht had “ceased fire” on Twitter.

That could always change.

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