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.
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.