Fowler denies steroids allegations, won't comment on dealer

Updated: June 18, 2008, 4:26 PM ET
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Titans linebacker Ryan Fowler denied Wednesday that he had taken performance-enhancing drugs, less than two weeks after his lawyer said Fowler received a letter from the NFL saying he was under investigation and faced a possible suspension.

Asked if he could definitively say he had never done steroids, Fowler replied, "I can tell you that."

Ryan Fowler

Fowler

"I'm really not thinking of that [suspension] as a possibility. I think it will all get cleared up before then," Fowler said after a minicamp practice. "My reputation my whole life has been as a good guy. I hope that this one accusation doesn't taint my reputation that's been pretty clean."

Fowler was linked to convicted steroids dealer David Jacobs, who was found dead with a female companion in his Plano, Texas, home earlier this month. Police say Jacobs killed himself and his girlfriend.

Before his death, Jacobs told The Dallas Morning News that he supplied Fowler with performance-enhancing drugs before and after the 2006 season.

Fowler's attorney, Peter Ginsberg, said last week that Fowler was under investigation by the NFL and was notified that he faces suspension. Ginsberg said he assumed the investigation stemmed from the Jacobs case.

Fowler declined comment Wednesday when asked if he had a relationship with Jacobs.


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