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Another suspended Giant blames Adderall

Will Hill,  Mason Foster AP

All these New York Giants with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder really need to get their prescription paperwork straightened out.

For the third time this year, a Giants player who is caught up in the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy has said that the prescription drug Adderall is the culprit. This time it’s Giants safety Will Hill, who will begin serving a four-game suspension today.

“Shortly after signing with the team, I was in a meeting with [director of player development] Charles Way, who reviewed the list of the league’s banned substances. I knew at that point that this may be an issue,” Hill said in a statement. “I was tested and the results came back that Adderall was in my system. I appealed but lost the appeal.”

Hill will now go on the reserve/suspended list, and his spot on the 53-man roster will be taken up by Tyler Sash, who is just returning from a four-game suspension for what he says was a positive test for — you guessed it — Adderall. Earlier this year Giants running back Andre Brown successfully appealed a suspension that he, too, said was for testing positive for Adderall.

The NFL considers Adderall a performance-enhancing substance, but it allows players to take it if they go through the proper channels and can demonstrate a medical need to use it. The problem is that many players seem to be misinformed about what the proper channels are for approval.

The other problem is that, because the NFL insists on confidentiality about all performance-enhancing drug tests, a player who tests positive for anabolic steroids could claim publicly that all he tested positive for was Adderall, and the NFL would be bound by confidentiality and unable to point out publicly that the player was lying.

Perhaps now we’ve reached the point where Adderall suspensions have received enough publicity that every NFL player understands he has to seek approval before taking Adderall. Or maybe we should just assume that every player who gets suspended from now on is going to blame Adderall, whether that’s what he took or not.

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33 Responses to “Another suspended Giant blames Adderall”
  1. Max says: Oct 8, 2012 4:50 PM

    Simple, stop taking Adderall! Take Concerta, Vyvanse, or Focalin XR or another ADHD drug.

  2. niners816 says: Oct 8, 2012 4:52 PM

    I want all the Giants players healthy and not suspended this weekend. That way they won’t have an excuse why the Niners beat them like they are going to on Sunday.

  3. leadlap says: Oct 8, 2012 4:53 PM

    Another interesting tidbit is that Jeremy Mayfield and AJ Allmendinger both failed random drug tests in NASCAR, and both blamed Adderall.

  4. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 8, 2012 4:54 PM

    Clearly the prescription was filled and verified, NOT STEROIDS or anything of the sort. The NFL reminds me of my last job where they expected you to know all protocols, while making them up on the fly and not informing you — yet expected everyone to know each of them and abide fully.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 8, 2012 4:54 PM

    niners816 says: Oct 8, 2012 4:52 PM

    I want all the Giants players healthy and not suspended this weekend. That way they won’t have an excuse why the Niners beat them like they are going to on Sunday.
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    We are getting 6 points early. I’d be concerned about the Giants losing if the 49ers were getting points. Sit back and get ready to blame Kyle or Alex again.

  6. coutre says: Oct 8, 2012 4:58 PM

    And next they’ll be faking injuries.

  7. nyyjetsknicks says: Oct 8, 2012 5:02 PM

    Attention NFL Players: Before you put ANYTHING in your body, call the league office and make sure it’s ok.

  8. gdeli says: Oct 8, 2012 5:04 PM

    like some 49ers fans had an excuse for losing to our vikes? you lost just admit it. The vikes did it to themselves in the infamous saints game. At least i can admit it.

  9. sdboltaction says: Oct 8, 2012 5:07 PM

    Niners will destroy the Giants by at least 14. Book it.

  10. joeyd524 says: Oct 8, 2012 5:08 PM

    They’ll be no excuses,the tougher the game the bigger my qb plays,throw in its on the road,and we have a great shot..who has it better than giant fans! NOBODY..

  11. gdeli says: Oct 8, 2012 5:08 PM

    I am 46 and have the “joy” of bigtime adhd still at my age. Nothing has worked drug wise so i just try to be quiet and focus using my brain and hockey, football and 2 hole in one’s in golf , I can do just fine. I wouldn’t wish this crap on anybody. It is a medical CONDITION not a mental illness.

  12. omen316 says: Oct 8, 2012 5:09 PM

    I want all the Giants players healthy and not suspended this weekend. That way they won’t have an excuse why the Niners beat them like they are going to on Sunday.

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    Last I checked you guys were the ones using excuses
    Go Giants!!

  13. emfsocial78 says: Oct 8, 2012 5:12 PM

    It’s funny every thinks SF will just run over the SB champs. Anyone that follows us no matter rival or fan know this is the type of game the Giants usually win. It’s much like the NE regular season game last year. When counted out the Gmen show up strong!

    Eli with the protection he’s getting from an improved OL can score against anyone. The running game is also improved. SF has a great front 7 but if given time thier DBs are not great in coverage (they tackle well though). SF plays much differently from ahead. When they played from behind against Minn they were a different team. SF is a quality team but people continually underestimate the Giants.

  14. niners816 says: Oct 8, 2012 5:15 PM

    The Vikings have no super bowl rings, the Niners have 5. We don’t need an excuse. We lost to the Vikings this year. There no excuses. Just like how the vikes got beat by the vikes, right? Come Sunday, the Niners will win. No excuses.

  15. skinsfan91 says: Oct 8, 2012 5:16 PM

    They’re not even taking adderall. Obviously they’re just saying that instead of saying “Yes, i’m on the juice.”

  16. niners816 says: Oct 8, 2012 5:16 PM

    Colts*

  17. 97tahoe says: Oct 8, 2012 5:24 PM

    The NFL considers Adderall a performance-enhancing substance, but it allows players to take it if they go through the proper channels and can demonstrate a medical need to use it. The problem is that many players seem to be misinformed about what the proper channels are for approval.
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    Proper channels……I don’t know, Maybe A Doctor???

  18. gcsuk says: Oct 8, 2012 5:40 PM

    niners816 says: Oct 8, 2012 4:52 PM

    I want all the Giants players healthy and not suspended this weekend. That way they won’t have an excuse why the Niners beat them like they are going to on Sunday.
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    Look, if the Giants lose this weekend, I doubt it’s because their 3rd string Safety was suspended. And if the Giants win, Giants fans don’t want to hear about the boo-boo Alex Smith has on his finger…or the fact that your KR was missing so a back up took his place (last years excuse).

  19. zeke2517 says: Oct 8, 2012 5:48 PM

    “Simple, stop taking Adderall! Take Concerta, Vyvanse, or Focalin XR or another ADHD drug.”

    It would be wonderful indeed if the world were as simple as you.

  20. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 8, 2012 5:49 PM

    Once again the NFL has their head squarely up their arse! Adderall in no way qualifies as a PED, its ridiculous. However, I see that a whole range of amphetamines are also banned and that would catch Adderall. NFL players are also prohibited from taking Sudafed and Actifed. LOL

  21. cletusvandam says: Oct 8, 2012 6:05 PM

    The Giants must pass this stuff out like candy.

  22. FinFan68 says: Oct 8, 2012 6:39 PM

    This is nothing more than the latest excuse from the users. I’m sure there are players who legitimately use adderall and that is exactly why the dopers claim that was the substance. It is a PR ploy for sympathy for some of these guys. The league cannot say what the substance was so the player says whatever. I would bet that any legit user of that drug has a history in their records as ADD/ADHD is not normally something obtained or diagnosed post adolescene. The others are either using the drug for some kind of an advantage, or in a silly attempt to mask something else, or are just claiming adderall (without using it at all) to save face. No telling which one it is.

  23. kingcarlbanks says: Oct 8, 2012 6:40 PM

    Between the injuries, suspensions, and brutal schedule,.we are gonna see what kind of testicular fortitude Eli and my Giants have. Looking forward to seeing my team prove the doubters wrong.yet again. Sunday is gonna be another classic. Niners are beasts..

  24. fightnamish says: Oct 8, 2012 6:45 PM

    somebody want to explain how adderall is a performance enhancer? Outside of making people concentrate what help would it be? Seems a waste of time to me

  25. brintfatre says: Oct 8, 2012 6:46 PM

    Thier adderal use could have caused other players to be injured. I expect Coughlin’s 1 year suspension to start asap.

  26. aljack88 says: Oct 8, 2012 6:46 PM

    Legal, prescribed adderall has gotten more difficult to obtain over the past year or so from pharmacies. I think the rash of NFL players getting caught using it may explain it….

  27. pellypell says: Oct 8, 2012 7:16 PM

    I swear I’ve seen half these guys are the local university’s library. Now I know why.

  28. electionconfidential says: Oct 8, 2012 7:25 PM

    Adderall is straight up speed and that’s why it draws attention. I know it’s a legitimate treatment for ADHD, but it’s a pure amphetamine, unlike Concerta and that makes it a red flag for someone without a paper trail. It’s just like the old guys taking greenies.

  29. melikefootball says: Oct 8, 2012 7:54 PM

    Adderall the scape goat for all that want to cheat in some manner. Don’t we all had something we could point at and get away with as these players.

  30. kev86 says: Oct 8, 2012 10:28 PM

    Niner fans flexing early. Happy Octoberfest from NYC chumps. See you in Frisco on Sunday.

  31. cowboys5x says: Oct 9, 2012 7:53 AM

    Im a cowboys fan they should not suspend him. Its the organization or agents fault. Keep fighting this will

  32. bkostela says: Oct 9, 2012 10:57 PM

    what isn’t mentioned in the article is “Hill, who signed with the team after a tryout at the rookie minicamp in May, said in a statement through the Giants that he received a doctor’s prescription for Adderall before signing with the team.” its hard to fault the guy for something he took BEFORE he was even in the league.

  33. bkostela says: Oct 9, 2012 11:04 PM

    what are you trying to get at anyway by claiming all the giants players are “blaming adderall” as the excuse for being suspended? are you trying to claim the giants are coaching their players to use this excuse to save face for the organization?

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