Goodell declines to hear Mathis' appeal

ATLANTA -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell does not view Indianapolis Colts linebacker Robert Mathis' four-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy any different than any other player's and therefore declined to hear his appeal.

Mathis was suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season for taking the drug Clomid as a fertility aid to help his wife get pregnant. The NFL prohibits the use of Clomid. Mathis claims he relied on an urologist's advice on taking the drug.

Dr. Steven Morganstern told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter earlier this week that he had no idea that Mathis played in the NFL and that hd did not know Clomid was on the NFL's list of banned substances.

"The first principle of our joint drug program with the players association is you're responsible for what's in your body," Goodell said. "There are several avenues for you to contact people in advance to determine whether you should or should not take a particular drug. And we have a process set up."

Goodell said he declined to be the "hearing officer" in Mathis' case when asked by the players union. Goodell usually has a designee, who is also a league official, hear the appeals of players. Mathis' appeal of the suspension was denied by the league.

"I chose not to [hear the appeal]," Goodell said. "I didn't see any reason that this was different than any of the other drug cases, and I do not hear those."