When a PED suspension is handed down, there's usually a chain of events that occurs. First the player outright denies it, then he says he didn't knowingly do it, then he plays it off as nothing, then he says he put it behind him, then he never owns up to it. New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley seems to be on step four of five (and since five is a step that can't ever be completed, we'll just say he's done) roughly a month after he said he'd investigate how he was flagged for violating the NFL's banned substances list.

In fact, the whole saga concluded this week after Kerley returned from a four-game suspension to jokingly say that his positive test may have been triggered by a mischievous ghost and/or tainted ghost piss:

In a previous statement, Kerley said "While I did not have enough time prior to the deadline to resolve this case, I fully intend to investigate this matter until I am able to figure out what caused the positive test, because I know that I have done nothing wrong."

During his Wednesday return, Kerley said he didn't knowingly take the substance (see: step 2) before putting it behind him by saying "I ain’t got time to investigate it. It is what it is. I’m back now."

Oh well, PED usage in football plus throwaway jokes to local media is sort of dog bites man. But tell us more about these "ghosts around here." That sounds like your real story.

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