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Teams tight lipped about positive drug tests from Scouting Combine

In recent years, the weeks before the draft have seen the emergence of multiple names of players who tested positive for marijuana and other substances at the Scouting Combine.  Last year, two different publications identified erroneously several players as testing positive who, in reality, didn’t.  On other occasions in the recent past, names surfaced as to players who admitted to using marijuana in pre-draft interviews, including sessions at the Scouting Combine.

This year, apart from Don Banks’ article citing a general spike in incoming players with marijuana red flags, there has been silence.  Sure, we’ve heard a rumor that “a bunch” of players tested positive for marijuana at the Scouting Combine — a sure sign of stupidity, addiction, or both, given that the players know they’re going to be tested there.  But teams aren’t leaking names this year.

Yet.

The change likely relates in large part to the StarCaps litigation in Minnesota.  One of the most viable claims relates to the alleged disclosure by the league of the positive tests for Bumetanide generated by Vikings defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams.  The March 2010 trial in the StarCaps case, which included several league office and team employees being grilled about who told what to whom and when, possibly has scared straight those who may otherwise have had a case of loose lips.

Even without the StarCaps lawsuit providing a fresh source of deterrence, the league office has been moving recently toward shrinking access to this information.  As one league source reminded us last night, only one person per team receives the report.

That said, with 32 individuals outside of 280 Park Avenue aware of the data and multiple folks within the league office surely in possession of the names, it’s impossible to ensure that the information won’t get out.  This year, it has yet to happen.

But, hey, there are still 13 days to go until the draft begins.

UPDATE:  In response to this item, a league source says that the list has yet to be provided to the teams.  If so, it’s amazing that, with only 13 days to go until the draft, the teams would not yet have this information.  Apparently, the goal is to give the teams as little time as possible to leak the names of the players who test positive.

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8 Responses to “Teams tight lipped about positive drug tests from Scouting Combine”
  1. GoBrowns19 says: Apr 9, 2010 8:44 AM

    There’s a reason the body pushes alcohol, cocaine, heroin, etc. out of your system in 2 or 3 days and stores marijuana metabolites for a month. I’d imagine it’s dispelling poisons and storing useful metabolites, but we’ll never know. The War on Drugs baby!

  2. daroc32 says: Apr 9, 2010 9:34 AM

    Marijuanais not a drug when you compare the negative affect it has on people. no one has ever overdosed, killed anyone while high. all it does is make you hungry and makes things funnier!!! like pinneapplexpress!!!! GET YO HANDS OFF ME!!!!

  3. Guy Incognito says: Apr 9, 2010 9:59 AM

    My thought, since marijuana is not (or hasn’t been proven to be) addictive, is that people get popped at the Combine because it’s easy to justify thinking the NFL doesn’t really care that much about it.
    People get popped all the time and still get drafted. If you can get a big payday regardless why quit doing something you like?

  4. theXfactor21 says: Apr 9, 2010 10:00 AM

    @ Go Browns
    Interesting. I’ve never thought about or heard that argument before. I’ll have to do some research on that–does seem to make a bit of sense, logically however. Interesting

  5. psly2124 says: Apr 9, 2010 10:04 AM

    daroc32.
    Either your dumb, stupid, or both. Where do you get your facts from? No one has ever killed anyone while high on marijuana is maybe the dumbest statement I ever ever heard in my entire life. I would say a majority of people who have murdered someone where high on marijuana.

  6. robert ethan says: Apr 9, 2010 10:35 AM

    I guess some teams dont want their middle linebacker laughing his head off at all those guys in tight pants chasing a ball around. Then coming back to the bench and scarfing energy bars until he has to go back out on the field.

  7. VonClausewitz says: Apr 9, 2010 10:53 AM

    Stupidest rule ever.

  8. The Real Shuxion says: Apr 9, 2010 11:51 AM

    UPDATE: In response to this item, a league source says that the list has yet to be provided to the teams. If so, it’s amazing that, with only 13 days to go until the draft, the teams would not yet have this information. Apparently, the goal is to give the teams as little time as possible to leak the names of the players who test positive.
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    It may take up less energy to make a list of people who did NOT test positive.

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