Richard Sherman says ‘half the league’ takes Adderall
“About half the league takes it [Adderall], and the league has to allow it. The league made a mistake in my case. Obviously, I didn’t do anything, but you have to go through a process to prove you didn’t do anything. There are still naysayers out there who don’t believe me. But I accept it. If everybody loves you, it probably means you’re not much of a player.”
-Richard Sherman, cornerback, Seattle Seahawks
From what YouWager’s NFL football betting fans have seen, Richard Sherman is no stranger to controversy. Or drug charges. Sherman has already been in the middle of several controversial situations during his career in the National Football League. For example, there was the time when Sherman announced to the sports betting public that his new nickname would be “Optimus Prime.” This was a taunt for opponent Calvin Johnson, the star wide receiver for the Detroit Lions. His nickname is Megatron. In the Transformers, Optimus Prime and Megatron are opposing characters. In their game, under Sherman’s coverage, Johnson only managed to make 3 catches, for 46 yards. For Johnson, this was an absolute low for the 2012 NFL football wagering season. After the Seahawks beat the New England Patriots, Sherman teased quarterback Tom Brady with the tweet, “U mad, bro?”
When Sherman was given a 4 game suspension for drug abuse, he contested it.
Adderall, according an NFL expert at YouWager, is technically considered to be a psychostimulant medication. It contains amphetamine. It is commonly prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. If the drug is abused, in high doses, side effects may include noticeable changes in behavior, such as sudden rage or outbursts.
Sherman was very outspoken when he wasn’t chosen for the Pro Bowl. Arguing with ESPN sports analyst Skip Bayless, Sherman said, “I’m intelligent enough and capable enough to understand that you are an ignorant, pompous, egotistical cretin. I am going to crush you on here because I am tired of hearing about it.”
Sherman was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round (154th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at Stanford, where he was both a wide receiver and a cornerback. Sherman told a YouWager news source that he was furious when he watched the draft on TV at home with his family. He felt that many of the men selected before him were inferior players. He said he was “livid.”
In his rookie season, even though he only started in 10 games, Sherman exceeded expectations, with 21 passes defended, 4 interceptions, and 55 tackles.
Despite Sherman’s bold claim that half of the NFL uses Adderall, many sports organizations have banned its use. The league has attempted to take a hard line on the issue. Garret Hartley, a kicker for the New Orleans Saints, was suspended for 4 games when the 2009 NFL football betting season began. Joe Haden, a cornerback for the Cleveland Browns, also got a 4 game suspension for Adderall use. So did Andre Brown of the New York Giants. Brown’s suspension was eventually lifted when he was able to prove he had a legitimate prescription. Despite his claims of being “under a doctor’s care,” Will Hill, a safety for the Giants, got a 4 game suspension. So did teammate Tyler Sash, and New England Patriots cornerback Aquib Talib.
In December of 2012, Sherman won his appeal of a 4-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. Sherman had let it be known that he would probably sue the NFL if he was suspended.