Attention everyone living in China who is reading this, you may want to put off that NFL tryout for the time being.
Recently, the NFL sent out a memo to its players, warning them that meat produced in China and Mexico could potentially contain clenbuterol, a muscle-building and weight-loss stimulant that is banned under the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy, ESPN reports. Well, at least that explains why we got so ripped after moving here.
This notice to not consume “large quantities of meat” while visiting China or Mexico comes after a particularly strange case involving Houston Texans LT Duane Brown, who tested positive for clenbuterol last season after a trip to Mexico spent dining on Mexican beef. His suspension was eventually overturned.
“Players are warned to be aware of this issue when traveling to Mexico and China,” the memo reads. “Please take caution if you decide to consume meat, and understand that you do so at your own risk.”
NFL Players are just as bewildered as we are:
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Clenbuterol isn’t only used by athletes looking to get an edge, it has also been used by Chinese pig farmers as a way to bulk up their hogs. The drug has been banned in China since 2002, though that hasn’t stopped farmers from juicing up their livestock. Back in 2011, authorities arrested hundreds of individuals involved in the making and selling of clenbuterol to put in pig feed.
This should create an interesting situation whenever the NFL finally gets around to playing a game in China. According to reports earlier this year, the league is expected to announce a game between the Los Angeles Rams and another team for the 2018 season.
Players involved may have to think outside the bun.