After the Redskins tackle Jordan Black was suspended four games for the use of performance-enhancing drugs, his linemates strongly protested that this was an unfair punishment and a bureaucratic mistake, Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post reports. Black himself then went on ESPN 980 Tuesday afternoon to further explain.
First of all, I dont think my purpose on the show is to confirm or deny whether or not it was Adderall or anything ADD-related, Black told Doc Walker and Brian Mitchell on Inside the Locker Room. What I want people to definitely know is that it has nothing to do with steroids. I mean, I guess it has to do with performance-enhancing drugs, because its on the list, but it is NOT a steroid. It is a prescription.
I gave the NFL the prescriptions that I received for it, he continued. Theyve known about the diagnosis. Theyve had their own doctors confirm the diagnosis, multiple times. Ive seen more doctors than you can even imagine about this very case that we are talking about. But in the appeals process, it just doesnt matter.
It is a system that, instead of having someone that can take a look at all the information and make a logical decision based on the information thats there, they instead have an attack-dog attorney who tries to mischaracterize a person and put labels on them like a doper or whatever in order to find the player guilty. I mean, I had no chance from the beginning.
A very similar situation came up the previous year and it never even had to go to the appeals process, the lineman said. They tried to tell me that the reason it didnt go to the appeals process the previous year is because the lockout kind of confused things. I really dont understand, exactly. But apparently this year, since there was no lockout, [since] I was retired and working on a short time table, they didnt extend me the same courtesy that they did the previous year.
Source: The Redzone