So does the league:
“If his statement were true, we would be seeing many more positive tests and suspensions. More importantly, his comments are irresponsible, as they ignore the serious medical risks and documented public health crisis associated with the improper use of Adderall and similar drugs.”
– Official statement from the National Football League
Richard Sherman says he was misquoted…
After several major media outlets reported that Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman made the bold claim that half of the NFL was on Adderall, Sherman is saying that he didn’t exactly say that. Now Sherman is insisting instead that many NFL players have a prescription for the drug. Adderall is commonly prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Disorder, or ADHD. Sherman also says he’s never taken it.
A reliable YouWager news source quoted Sherman as saying, “about half the league takes [Adderall] and the league has to allow it.” YouWager’s source maintains that these were Mr. Sherman’s actual comments, and they have released a transcript of the recorded questions and answers to the public.
The league handed Sherman a 4-game suspension for allegedly using Adderall in the 2012 NFL football wagering season. But Sherman’s suspension was overturned on appeal.
Sherman will admit that “a bunch” of his fellow players are being treated with Adderall. He told YouWager’s source, “They’re taking it for legitimate reasons. There’s a reason it’s been prescribed for them.”
Sherman’s comments were carried by many major news organizations. They made for much discussion in the online wagering community, and apparently what Sherman said has made the NFL mad.
In an official statement, the league was quick to denounce Sherman’s remarks. According to YouWager’s source, the statement from the NFL said, “The comments are ill-informed and inaccurate. Adderall is easily detected under current testing and will result in a suspension absent an approved therapeutic use exemption.”
When Sherman was asked why players would take the drug without a prescription, he told YouWager’s new source, “I don’t know. I never took it.”
Sherman did admit that he knew the drug was banned if the player doesn’t have a prescription. But he told YouWager’s source that he doesn’t understand why there is any controversy about the drug. “I’ve never heard a prescribed drug called a performance enhancer in any other sport. The thing that people don’t understood is that it’s a prescribed drug that some people have to take.”
How does a player have an “alleged” drug charge, and have it reversed on appeal?
Sherman’s appeal was based on a faulty cup of urine. When Sherman’s sample cup leaked, it was transferred to another cup, this was not documented, and that later disqualified the test. The league does not reveal which substances a player has tested positive for. Sherman told YouWager’s source that he thinks the NFL should change this policy. “I think the league keeps most of its business in the public, but things like that they should keep internal like they do. It gets so messy when you let things like that out,” he said.