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Pesky Steroid Suspensions Got You Down, NFL Players? Why Not Try Some MMA?


(In the NFL, being caught for steroids means never having to say you’re sorry.)

While we’ve been caught up talking up the former NFL players on the upcoming season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” we totally neglected the current NFL players who are into MMA.  Sometimes they do it for conditioning, or to get tougher, or, as this New York Daily News report suggests, because they want to stay in shape while serving a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. 

Jets outside linebacker Calvin Pace is headed to Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas with fellow suspended substance abusers Will Smith (not that one) and Charles Grant, both of the New Orleans Saints, to work out while they wait for their suspensions to be over and their systems to get clean.  Basically, steroid use in the NFL is now so prevalent that not only is there no real public or media backlash against the players who get caught, they can plan on having plenty of traveling companions during their suspensions.  When asked why he chose MMA to fill his league-mandated off time, Pace had this to say:

"The reason why I’m doing MMA is it’s probably the closest thing you can find to football as far as conditioning, cardiovascular and the physical aspect," Pace said after the Jets’ 38-27 win over the Eagles Thursday night in their final preseason game. I’m not going to be fighting and I’m not going to be getting hit. I’m just going to be training my behind off. …"I want to come back the way I left – in shape and focused.”

If hearing a player who was suspended for performance-enhancing drugs talk about what great shape he’s in and how he wants to come back in the same shape he left in isn’t enough hilarious irony for you, check out the Daily News attempting to describe MMA to its readers:

MMA is a growing sport, if you can call it that, and professional athletes are starting to use the MMA training regimen for conditioning purposes.

That’s right, the dude who’s writing the story about one of the NFL’s multiple steroid offenders can’t get worked up about guys using illegal, banned substances, but he still somehow manages to get an attitude about MMA. 

Never in this article is it even implied that using performance-enhancing drugs is wrong in any way, despite the fact that it is an attempt at getting an unfair edge over your opponents.  Or at least it would be, if they weren’t on steroids too.  But when the feeling in the NFL seems to be that it’s no more than a bummer and a minor inconvenience to get caught, why wouldn’t they be on the juice?  Worst case scenario, you work out in Vegas with Randy Couture for a few weeks.

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Da Spied Her- September 8, 2009 at 6:56 am
Yeah, macmac rules!!!! I love watching the big muscle-bound geeks in my MMA gym gas out in a few minutes of rolling.
Seoul Brother- September 8, 2009 at 2:55 am
@hmshore: Yeah, you're right. We should say melon-headed retard.
reddog- September 7, 2009 at 6:54 am
hmshore, quit being retarded. fuck your special needs jerrys kids.
hmshore- September 6, 2009 at 8:16 am
what's with using the word retard or retarded? so wrong. it's just demeans people with special needs and belongs in 7th grade.
macmac- September 6, 2009 at 7:55 am
Along the lines of MMA not being a real sport, I was BBQ'ing with some friends last night, none of whom watch anything except an occasional fight. One douche started talking about football players being tough and I called them (football players) all pussies (just to get this douche riled up) I said the football players don't have near the athleticsism or heart that a beginner MMA fighter possesses. Long story short I ended up getting into a fight with the douche and choked his ass out in front of all his friends. It was nice cause he is a gym rat douche who only works his biceps and has all his shirts including t-shirts altered to be tighter on his arms. He is about 25-28 years old and I am a 49 year old man who has never spent a day in the gym. Start flamin' but I did my share to defend MMA not being a sport!!! and proved to him wrestling and a rear naked choke works wonders against those pretty biceps.
PurplePickle- September 5, 2009 at 8:01 pm
Oh, while the topic of the NFL is under discussion, it is almost an absolute certainty that James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley will ass rape your quaterback this season. Just sayin.
axhed- September 5, 2009 at 7:04 pm
i'll chip in $20 to get shawn tompkins to call a green light.
PurplePickle- September 5, 2009 at 5:17 pm
Some of it is about masking agents, some of it player safety. Korey Stringer's death put the spotlight on the use of ephedrine. Julius Peppers was supended for using it while it was still readily available as a supplement.

I believe EAS is the only NFL approved supplement maker. They do not produce any banned substance in their facility that could cross contaminate the macro and micro nutrients they make like whey protien and glutamine.

bfowlkes- September 5, 2009 at 3:54 pm
@generalpride: I think what you're forgetting is that the league bans diuretics and certain supplements for a reason, often because evidence of them in your system is taken as proof that you're trying to mask steroid use. The NFL doesn't suspend dudes for four games over some protein powder.
HeavyHandedHawaiian- September 5, 2009 at 3:33 pm
Great article, if you can call it that..
KrmtDfrog- September 5, 2009 at 12:53 pm
The Daily News is great. Stop trashing a paper with the largest daily comics section (4 pages) I've ever seen. Only reason to ever drop 50 cents on a newspaper anymore.
Seoul Brother- September 5, 2009 at 11:26 am
@generalpride66: Perhaps I was a bit hasty in my condemning Calvin Pace for taking steroids, but let's presume that you're right. Certainly the sports nutrition market has loads of shitty companies that have ingredients that may or may not be harmful. Still, even if Pace took an OTC supplement with a banned substance, he still took a banned substance. He's a fucking dumbass bitch for not knowing to keep up with what's kosher and what's not with the NFL's evolving list of banned substances.

On the other hand, how many times have we heard a little bitch of an athlete get smacked with a suspension for taking Performance Enhancing Substances (whether they be steroids, EPO, or anything else), and they complain that they just took some OTC thing they got at GNC? All they're really doing is showing what fucking morons they are for taking something and not knowing what's in them or what the consequences are.

And I did the research as you suggested. An article on SI.com stated that it was Calvin Pace who said he took an OTC supplement which he was unaware had violated the NFL's policy. The NFL had not stated what he was suspended for.

Personally I think Calvin Pace is a lying punk ass bitch. I still hope he gets wrecked in MMA training.
generalpride66- September 5, 2009 at 10:14 am
YOUR ALL WRONG!, if anyone wants 2 do a little research to back this up go right ahead, calvin pace wasnt suspended for taking a steroid, he was taking an over the counter weight loss pill make by six star, one of jeff monsons sponsors the nfl has a way bigger list of banned substances than any state athletic commission, pace was taking the supplement in 2007 when it was legal in the nfl, then is 2008 one of the ingredients in it became illegal, so yes he was taking a banned substance calling for a suspension but no it was not a steroid...
PurplePickle- September 5, 2009 at 9:43 am
"But when the feeling in the NFL seems to be that it’s no more than a bummer and a minor inconvenience to get caught, why wouldn’t they be on the juice?"

Retarded NYDN article aside, the NFL banned substance policy is no joke. A four game suspension is 1/4 of the season. The next positive is a full season supended and thereafter removal from the league. Not all banned substances are roids either. Taking ephedrine can cost you millions due to suspension.

And if I'm correct the majority of the players mentioned are vehemently proclaiming innocence while fighting the suspension in court. Over the counter diuretics are the issue with the Williams boys from Minn.
rockhuddy- September 5, 2009 at 9:41 am
If I made a living in sports, was paid millions, and had a chance of getting away with it, I'd use steroids too. Yes it's unfair, but when your livelihood depends on your physical performance you'd be a fool not to take every advantage.
Seoul Brother- September 5, 2009 at 9:41 am
I thought that the paper "for those with a 3rd grade reading capacity by those with a 3rd grade reading capacity" was the New York Post. That's probably overestimating the brain pan volume of your average NY Post reader.
lesnerisafag- September 5, 2009 at 9:27 am
must be a slow day in mma.
Seoul Brother- September 5, 2009 at 9:25 am
Wouldn't it be poetic justice if these artificial nut juice chuggers got fucked up while training in MMA? Gee Calvin, sorry about your torn Meniscus, Iliotibial Band injury, and your ACL tear. Shit happens, bitches.
dresdin- September 5, 2009 at 9:12 am
RearNaked Poke to answer your question
the Daily News is the a NY trash paper, basically our version of UK's The Sun without the hot page3 chicks..... written for those with a 3rd grade reading capacity by those with a 3rd grade reading capacity and Jets fans
831 Son- September 5, 2009 at 9:10 am
Well, Daily News now joins Yahoo Sports for having the most retarded writers in the world.

@Seoul Brother- Well said.
RearNakedPoke- September 5, 2009 at 8:59 am
what is the "daily news"?? never heard of them.....their opinon doesnt stop me from training or loving this SPORT in any way. this "reporter" (if you want to call him that) clearly hasnt done his job just like all the other reported in the media. MMA is THE fastest growing sport EVER......EVER
Smitty- September 5, 2009 at 8:50 am
"despite the fact that it is an attempt at getting an unfair edge over your opponents. Or at least it would be, if they weren’t on steroids too."

Now that's some funny shit!!!
Disco-Platypus- September 5, 2009 at 8:44 am
The Daily News is a shitty paper, if you can call it that, and regular people are starting to avoid it for intelligence purposes.
itsgalf- September 5, 2009 at 8:34 am
if you can call it that
Seoul Brother- September 5, 2009 at 8:31 am
Oh yeah, Calvin Pace was REAL focused when he was sucking down artificial nut juice to enhance his game and compensate for being a petty little bitch. What a fucking loser.
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