As if there isn't enough shady things in other countries that can trip up an NFL player, now they must stay away from meat if they visit Mexico or China. This according to a memo sent out to players from the NFL warning of contaminated meat in the two countries. Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr tweeted out the memo Tuesday.
Warning: Contaminated Meat
There is evidence that some meat produced in China and Mexico may be contaminated with clenbuterol, an anabolic agent which is banned by the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances. Consuming large quantities of meat while visiting those particular countries may result in a positive test for clenbuterol in violation of the Policy.
Players are warned to be aware of this issue when traveling to Mexico and China. Please take caution if you decide to consume meat, and understand that you do so at your own risk.
Please remember that as stated in the NFL Policy for Performance-Enhancing Substances: "Players are responsible for what is in their bodies."
This could be especially troublesome for the Raiders and Texans who play each other in Mexico City this season, and several of them headed down there over the weekend for the draft to promote the NFL's return to Mexico City. Raiders players in attendance included Taiwan Jones, Malcolm Smith, and TJ Carrie.
But it could be an issue for any NFL player, considering many are known to take their vacations in Mexico during their brief offseason downtime. And the NFL is letting players know not only for their safety but to say that if they pop positive, blaming it on hormones in meat will not excuse them from punishment under the league's substance abuse policy.