SF 49ers Antonio Bryant Gets NFL Suspension for Substance Abuse Violation, Follows DUI Arrest

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The NFL suspended San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Antonio Bryant for four games, effective immediately, for violating the league’s substance abuse policy — a suspension that, without a 49er’s playoff appearance, will extend into next season. The reason for the suspension is not revealed unless it is a failed steroid test. A statement from the league did not specify a reason for the suspension because of confidentiality, but the suspension is likely related to his Nov. 19 arrest in San Mateo County on suspicion of DUI, reckless driving and resisting arrest.

According to a police report, he was pulled over off of Highway 101 sout of San Francisco [MAP] after traveling more than 100 mph in his Lamborghini and became verbally combative with officers, refusing to leave his car and later forcing officers to apply leather restraints in a patrol car. He refused to take a sobriety test and is due to be arraigned next week.

A four-game suspension without pay is the second stage of the substance abuse program with the next stage being banishment from the league for one calendar year.

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