The NFL’s drug-testing administrator sent a memo to the league’s players Tuesday warning them against eating too much meat produced in China and Mexico, according to ESPN. It turns out meat from those countries contains a muscle-building and weight-loss stimulant called elenbuterol, which could cause a positive performing-enhancing substance test.
"Players are warned to be aware of this issue when traveling to Mexico and China," the memo said. "Please take caution if you decide to consume meat, and understand that you do so at your own risk."
With a large headline reading "Warning: Contaminated Meat," the NFL reiterated its common refrain: "players are responsible for what is in their bodies."
Arizona Cardinals corner Patrick Peterson, who tweeted a photo of the memo, was clearly dismayed, as were other NFL players, both current and former.
Side note: Steve Smith Sr. might have the most interesting Twitter avatar of any NFL player.
1. Memo to NFL I am retired...no need to drug test me. 2. Seriously, don't eat meat from Mexico? This is comical pic.twitter.com/hdQpg3I5nC— Tyler Polumbus (@Tyler_Polumbus) May 3, 2016
Mexico gonna be a popular vacation destination excuse!! https://t.co/kWJAnP7V57— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) May 3, 2016
So basically NFL players should be Vegan now??? Or a way to keep players from traveling to Mexico and China?????? pic.twitter.com/40lPO7H45S— Kirk Morrison (@kirkmorrison) May 3, 2016
The Raiders and Texans play a Monday Night Football game Nov. 21 in Mexico City. JJ Watt will have to fuel his 9,000-calorie diet with something other than meat.
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