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Aqib Talib suspended four games, blames Adderall

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Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib has been suspended four games for what he says was using the prescription drug Adderall without a prescription.

“Around the beginning of training camp, I made a mistake by taking an Adderall pill without a prescription,” Talib said in a statement released by the team. “This is especially regrettable because, for the past several months, with Coach Schiano’s help, I’ve worked very hard to improve myself — professionally and personally — as a player and a man. I am truly sorry to my teammates, coaches and Buccaneers fans, and I’m disappointed in myself. I will work diligently every day of this suspension to stay in top football shape and be ready to help this team in the second half of the season. I have chosen to be immediately accountable for the situation I put myself in, which is why I will not exercise my appeal rights and will begin serving the suspension immediately.”

As we’ve noted when other players have been suspended and blamed Adderall (which is a commonly used drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder but can also be used a performance-enhancer), it’s impossible to know whether anyone who blames Adderall is telling the truth. NFL rules require confidentiality on everything relating to drug test results, so when a player blames Adderall for his suspension, we have only his word to go on. The NFL has confirmed that Talib is suspended four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, but it has not said which banned substance he took.

The Bucs also released a statement from coach Greg Schiano, who blamed Talib for making a bad decision.

“We are disappointed to learn that Aqib Talib will be suspended for four games, which will begin with our game tomorrow against Kansas City,” Schiano said. “I have spoken with Aqib, and he knows that he made a poor decision that let our team down. Certainly, other players will have the opportunity to step up while he serves this suspension.”

Talib’s suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible to return to the Bucs on Monday, November 5, after the November 4 game against the Raiders.

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36 Responses to “Aqib Talib suspended four games, blames Adderall”
  1. nyyjetsknicks says: Oct 13, 2012 3:21 PM

    Talib Kweli > Aqib Talib

  2. trbowman says: Oct 13, 2012 3:23 PM

    More good news for Brady Quinn and company.

  3. sdisme says: Oct 13, 2012 3:24 PM

    This kind of has the feel of Al Capone getting arrested for tax evasion.

  4. delintzman says: Oct 13, 2012 3:24 PM

    Thanks alot. Why do you put yourself ahead of your team? Is this Adderall the new hip drug for atheletes or is it just the newest easy excuse?

  5. ynot1381 says: Oct 13, 2012 3:26 PM

    With his time off, he should watch season 1 & 2 of Game of Thrones.

  6. firewolf777 says: Oct 13, 2012 3:28 PM

    Is this a joke

  7. Bretterson says: Oct 13, 2012 3:39 PM

    Time to pull the plug on Talib. He’s honestly not that good when he’s on the field, but he can’t even manage to stay there.

  8. daknight93 says: Oct 13, 2012 3:43 PM

    this guy let his teammates down…no surprise tho.

  9. lawyermalloy says: Oct 13, 2012 3:43 PM

    I’m curious; does “Aqib Talib” mean “nitwit” in some foreign language?

  10. brutusmandingo says: Oct 13, 2012 3:43 PM

    I’m a Knicks fan but the Jets are horrendous smh lol

  11. manofsteel22 says: Oct 13, 2012 3:48 PM

    yes, Aquib should apply for the knights watch, all his past crimes would be forgiven

  12. ravenator says: Oct 13, 2012 3:49 PM

    What a loser

  13. jimnaizeeum says: Oct 13, 2012 3:50 PM

    C’mon man, you only took one…my spider senses say this is a lie. Much like the rest of the stuff this dud say’s.

  14. eventhorizon04 says: Oct 13, 2012 3:54 PM

    I can relate.

    I also “mistakenly” take prescription drugs that I don’t have a prescription for, after “mistakenly” purchasing them second hand from somebody else and “mistakenly” putting them in my mouth.

    I mean, prescription drugs are hard NOT to take by accident. I thought I was eating Cheerios this morning, but it turns out, I had accidentally filled my bowl with penicillin instead of cereal. Oops!

  15. haanster says: Oct 13, 2012 3:54 PM

    @ lawyermaloyl: not at all. It actually means student!

  16. milkmandanimal says: Oct 13, 2012 3:59 PM

    Give him credit, he made it four games in before doing something incredibly stupid this year.

  17. deltaoracle says: Oct 13, 2012 4:03 PM

    The guy who dispenses the meds may want to keep an eye out for Talib’s mom…

  18. paulitik74 says: Oct 13, 2012 4:23 PM

    Is Aderall some guy he tried to bust a cap in?

  19. birdsofbmore says: Oct 13, 2012 4:56 PM

    This guy is an idiot. Opportunity to make millions playing a game and he gambles with it.

  20. nomoreseasontix says: Oct 13, 2012 5:17 PM

    It proves my rule that anyone with a capital letter or a ‘Q’ in the middle of his name is nothing but trouble….

  21. roadtrip3500 says: Oct 13, 2012 5:33 PM

    Whether or not these players are really taking Adderall, did they all miss the memo that they’re regularly drug tested? If I worked in that kind of environment, I wouldn’t buy breath mints without clearing it with the main office… maybe there’s something in “Retsyn” that makes a roll of Certs off-limits.

  22. zjcastro says: Oct 13, 2012 5:54 PM

    dude adderall stays in your system for 3 days either ur extremely stupid and dont pay attention to when u get drug tested, or u abuse the hell out of it, and lastly your probably lying. If you love the pill so much go see a doctor they gladly prescribe anything now a days

  23. wilddeuce03 says: Oct 13, 2012 6:05 PM

    Yes, taking any PED is wrong, and the player should be punished. But does anyone find it completely bass ackwards that this guy gets 4 games (for his first violation I believe, same as Haden) yet Dez Bryant gets nothing for beating his mother?!!!! Or Michael Turner getting popped for DUI and then playing the next game?! Or shoot, Dante Stallworth kills a guy while driving drunk yet he came back in the league!!! 4 games for a pill makes no sense when you look at the guys above!

    Let’s see if this comment gets deleted just like my last one did!

  24. simpleghost says: Oct 13, 2012 6:19 PM

    Drivebys while sober with his mom just werent providing the same adrenaline rush anymore

  25. chief67 says: Oct 13, 2012 6:25 PM

    You don`t hear anything from Adam Jones anymore , I guess this guy is taking up the headline gap .

  26. nunpuncher says: Oct 13, 2012 7:08 PM

    Say for instance Aqib Talib is being truthful that he took an Aderall with out a script just before training camp. Not that I ever condone his actions. The NFL suspends him today more than 5 weeks later , on a late Saturday afternoon right before game day. The NFL didn’t know this on Monday or before the court of Goodell rested late Friday afternoon? Something stinks.

  27. meandjuliojonesdownbytheschoolyard says: Oct 13, 2012 7:22 PM

    Could be his last strike. Not sure why he’s been so bad this year but the “performance enhancer” obviously didn’t help. This whole policy is stupid.

  28. rexgrossman8 says: Oct 13, 2012 7:43 PM

    if adderal isn’t for ped use (cough), then is it fair to say that a majority of the players have ADD?
    the NFL should look into PSA’s for ADD awareness and treatment if it is truly not PED based usage.

  29. tpa43 says: Oct 13, 2012 7:47 PM

    I thought it was a full year suspension for third time offenders..

  30. wicky888 says: Oct 13, 2012 8:25 PM

    I love how people refer to adderall as a “performance enhancer” instead of calling it “pharmaceutical-grade speed”

  31. paredskinwarrior1985 says: Oct 13, 2012 8:40 PM

    while adderall could def help as a ped to study film and learn plays, odds are players are using it to get high. 30mg pill of adderall crushed and then snorted is almost as strong and feels very similar. Adderall is speed! it it amphetamine salts meaning the players are using it to get tweaked and not as a ped!!! failing for use of this should be held the same way as a player with any drug and substance abuse issues.

  32. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 13, 2012 8:58 PM

    He’s what, about the 10th player in the last year suspended for using alerdall and all he can do is pretend he didn’t know it was a problem ?

  33. macjacmccoy says: Oct 14, 2012 12:12 AM

    Wow what an idiot. I really dont care that he took some aderall its just the pure stupidity that bothers me. How didnt he know that he would be “randomly” drug tested? The guy was just getting over possibly being charged with attempted murder with a deadly weapon. Of course the league is going to be watching you like a hawk. Only a idiot would take a banned substance and think he might get away with it after the things he was involved with this off-season.

    The real story here should actually be the potential violation of the cba. Because I find it pretty hard to believe that after the things Talib went through this off season that he just happened to be one of the few players randomly picked to take a drug test at the beginning of training camp. That’s to big of a coincidence for me to believe.

  34. jwadz says: Oct 14, 2012 12:12 AM

    Think Roger needs to make Adderall either a substance abuse drug or make it legal as it is the new catch all for any player getting caught on the perf side of the ban….who knows how many of these dudes are actually getting caught for Adderall. I saw Mike Neal in person and that dude definetly does not look natural almost pro wrestler level – if only it could actually help him play….

  35. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Oct 14, 2012 3:27 AM

    Geez, the dog can’t eat the homework of every kid in class. They need to come up with other excuses because now when you hear Adderall youre pretty sure he’s covering something up. And how is abusing an ampathetamine any better than steroids? That’s what happened to the mom in Requiem for a Dream! Jennifer Connelly was hot in that movie, but you felt sort of guilty if you thought she was hot.

  36. backindasaddle says: Oct 15, 2012 9:55 PM

    Talib’s only affliction is that he suffers from Character Deficit Disorder.

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