Early Friday afternoon the 49ers announced WR Victor Bolden is suspended for the first four games of the 2018 NFL season due to violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
The NFL issued the following statement:
“Victor Bolden of the San Francisco 49ers has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL policy of performance-enhancing substances. Bolden will be eligible for return to the 49ers’ active roster on 10/01/2018, following the match up against the Los Angeles Chargers.”
Bolden issued the following statement:
“Unknowingly, I used a supplement that was in the NFL’s banned substance list. As a professional athlete, I take full responsibility for not verifying the ingredients of the supplement. In the future, I will be much better educated when choosing what to put in my body. It hurts to know that I will not be on the field with my team for the first four games of the season.”
GM John Lynch responded as well, stating:
“Victor made an unitentional mistake, but learned a valuable lesson. Professional athletes must be meticulous in their supplement choices. We know Victor is disappointed, but we hope this is a reminder to all our players how important it is to make educated decisions on what to put in their bodies.”
The 49ers signed Bolden back in May of 2017. He appeared in 9 games last season and had a combined total of 23 kick and punt returns for a combined 419 yards. He also registered a forced fumble on special teams. Bolden’s season was cut short when the 49ers placed him on IR in December of 2017 to make room for WR Max McCaffrey.