Richard Sherman: About half the NFL takes Adderall

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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who appealed a four-game suspension for testing positive for Adderall last season due to a mishandled sample, said Tuesday that half of the players in the NFL use the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medication.

“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.”

Players can take Adderall for medical reasons but only if the league has approved it.  A player’s substance that he tests positive for is never listed or confirmed to the public, but the league would like the NFL Players Association to start listing the banned substance when a player fails a drug screening.

“So there is no misinformation and ability to go behind and minimize what the nature of an individual’s violation is,” Adolph Birch, NFL senior vice president of law and labor policy, said at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. “The union has consistently rejected that.”

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