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Chatman's agent: Diuretic turned up in test

8/30/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Brett Tessler, the agent for New York Jets running back Jesse Chatman, issued the following statement to ESPN.com regarding the NFL's decision to hand down a four-game suspension for Chatman's violation of the league's substance abuse policy:

Jesse never tested positive for a steroid or any other performance-enhancing drug. Near the end of last season the league claimed he had a diuretic in his system that they said could be used as a masking agent. After spending great time and money defending his innocence, the league made its final ruling, and now Jesse has no choice but to look ahead to Week 5.