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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, August 07, 2018 7:40 pm

Former Saint Francis star Coate suspended

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Former Saint Francis star receiver Seth Coate’s first season in the Canadian Football League suffered an unfortunate hiccup last week when he was suspended by the league two games for violating its substance abuse policy.

Coate, who has been on the Ottawa Redblacks’ practice squad all season, issued the following statement, according to the Ottawa Sun: “I was very upset and disappointed to learn that I recently tested positive for a substance that is banned in the CFL. This was most likely the result of a supplement I took back in July when I was working full-time and I had no idea I was going to be playing football ever again.

“Needless to say, I feel terrible for having put myself and my team in a difficult position and for that I sincerely apologize. I am very proud to part of this organization and would never intentionally do anything to jeopardize that.”

The Redblacks have supported Coate, a former Homestead player whose college career ended in 2017.

“He’s a good kid and we like him,” coach Rick Campbell said. “We think he’s got a future. He’s a good dude and we’re looking forward to having him around here.”

Coate had participated in the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals’ rookie camp in 2017.