Did you draft the Denver Broncos’ kicker in your Fantasy Football league? Hope not, because he just got suspended for the first four games of the regular season. Due to the Broncos week 4 bye, he won’t make an appearance until week 6.
Just hours after the Denver Broncos completed their third preseason game, Mike Klis of The Denver Post is reported that the NFL is expected to suspend kicker Matt Prater for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
Why was he suspended? Because he had a few beers at home, while on vacation …. seriously.
The violation was alcohol-related. Prater has been in the league’s alcohol program since soon after he was charged with driving under the influence Aug. 12, 2011.
The four-game suspension, which is expected to be announced Monday, was part of an agreement reached between Prater’s attorney, Harvey Steinberg, and the league, so an appeal is not expected. The NFL had initially threatened a one-year suspension.
“No one feels worse about this than Matt Prater,” Steinberg said. “He feels terribly for his teammates. It’s cost him personally, both professionally and financially. I wonder if we shouldn’t take a second look at the policy when only a couple beers were consumed at home while he was on vacation. Having said that, the NFL under the constraints of the policy couldn’t have treated us better.”
This is a huge blow to the Denver Broncos and the respected owners of the fantasy teams that will now have to pick up a 2nd kicker until Prater sobers up. Prater made 25 FGs and 75 extra points last season, he only missed two kicks all year. He was ranked as the #1 fantasy football kicker by several outlets this season.
The NFL policies are pretty odd, aren’t they? Josh Gordon gets suspended for an entire season because he repeatedly smokes da good stuff, Ray Rice gets suspended only two for beating his fiance unconscious in a public place for the whole world to see. Now, Matt Prater is suspended four games for consuming alcohol in his residence while on vacation? Interesting.
— Sportsnaut (@Sportsnaut) August 24, 2014
5,514 total views, 53 views today