New York Giants safety Tyler Sash has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s performance enhancing drug policy.
Sash says he took Adderall earlier in the offseason to deal with some depression issues he had. The only problem is that Adderall is one of the NFL’s banned substances.
Sash released the following statement:
“I took a prescription drug (Adderall) legally under a doctor’s care for an anxiety condition during the off season in March of this year. The purpose was to help me with public speaking appearances. I had no idea that this prescription drug was banned by NFL policy. Although I take full responsibility for this situation, I also want to state that I have never cheated or taken performance-enhancing drugs, and I frown on those who do. I am highly disappointed by the league’s decision in this matter, but I will continue to do my best on and off the field. From this point on, I will be more conscientious about every single thing I put in my body. Once again, I want to reiterate that I have never been and will never be associated in any way with performance-enhancing drugs. The timing of this positive test was March 2012, a time during which there is no physical performance required of me. I hope this explanation reinforces my innocence and shows that my intentions were pure.”
I don’t understand how an NFL player fails a drug test. Sash should have known that Adderall was banned by checking with the league. And if he had a prescription, then he should have given the NFL a doctor’s note.