Cedric Griffin Banned For Failing Drug Test

Washington Redskins cornerback Cedric Griffin has been banned for four games after failing a drug test, according to Reuters.

The National Football League decided to bench Griffin for a handful of games once it was determined he had violated the league’s policies on performance-enhancing drugs. The ban will reportedly go into effect immediately.

Unfortunately for Griffin, he will miss the rest of the Redskin’ regular season. The NFL said that he will be able to return to the field on December 31, just one day after the last game. This means Griffin won’t be playing against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

In addition to getting banned for several games, Griffin will be required to pay a fine for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. According to the Baltimore Sun, Griffin has been fined $294,118 after failing the drug test. This is reportedly the equivalent of four paychecks.

Here’s the official NFL press release:

“Cedric Griffin of the Washington Redskins has been suspended without pay for the team’s next four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

“Griffin’s suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible to return to the Redskins’ active roster on Monday, December 31 following the team’s December 30 game against the Dallas Cowboys.”

The 30-year-old Washington Redskins cornerback has been playing professional football for around seven years. Prior to his stint with the Redskins, Griffin spent several years with the Minnesota Vikings.

The veteran cornerback is credited with nearly 30 tackles and one forced fumble in nine games with the Washington team this season. Although Griffin started in 14 of 16 games for the Vikings last season, he’s only started one game with the Redskins. Now that he’s banned until December 31, he may not have an opportunity to start again.

What do you think about Cedric Griffin getting banned after failing a drug test for performance-enhancing drugs? Do you think the punishment was fair?

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