Adderall was the trendy NFL banned substance in 2012. Joe Haden, Cedric Griffin and Eric Wright tested positive for it and got suspended as a result. The same also happened to Richard Sherman, though his suspension was overturned on appeal by virtue of a mishandled urine sample.
Months later, Sherman continues to maintain his innocence even if some are less than inclined to believe him. Better yet, he wants to tell the world just how many NFL players who aren’t Richard Sherman are using it.
“About half the league takes it, and the league has to allow it,” Sherman told Vancouver Sun reporter Mike Beamish on Tuesday. “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.”
I can’t say I care deeply about Adderall remaining a banned substance in the NFL. If it’s good enough for high school kids to use frivolously, by gum, it’s good enough for professional athletes. But the fact of the matter is that it is currently banned for use in the NFL without a prescription. Also, it’s kind of shitty for Sherman to be like, “Well, I didn’t take Adderall even though everybody else is. It shouldn’t be a big deal. In fact, it should be allowed. That way, I can take it, even though I totally haven’t yet.”