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Sherman denies taking Adderall

Bobby Wagner, Richard Sherman AP

The default excuse for players who are suspended for violating the league’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs has become Adderall, a prescription stimulant that carries none of the stigma of steroids.

But while Seahawks starting cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner reportedly face four-game suspensions after testing positive for Adderall, Sherman says he has never taken the substance.

Steve Wyche of NFL Network reports that Sherman has confirmed that he and Browner have been notified of the suspensions, and that Sherman says he has never taken Adderall.

As we explained last night, both players will continue to practice and participate in games until the appeal process has been resolved.

The timetable for the resolution of the appeal still isn’t known.  Reports that Browns cornerback Joe Haden faced a four-game suspension for Adderall emerged on August 8, and the suspension wasn’t finalized for more than a month.

With five games left, the process will need to move quickly for the suspensions, if upheld, to be served during the 2012 regular season.  The suspensions would spill into the postseason, if the Seahawks qualify.

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30 Responses to “Sherman denies taking Adderall”
  1. piratefreedom says: Nov 26, 2012 8:14 AM

    u mad bro?

  2. coldplay519 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:16 AM

    Ndamukong Suh forced Sherman to take Adderall. Everybody knows it, so why isn’t PFT reporting it?

  3. waxedagain says: Nov 26, 2012 8:17 AM

    Sherman is known for his undisciplined pie hole, so it’s not surprising his gums are flapping a denial of science.

  4. flash1283 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:23 AM

    Hey Sherman, you’re getting suspended.

    You mad bro?

  5. kamtaxaya says: Nov 26, 2012 8:28 AM

    Adderall is the brains steroids, literally cheating at life. After effects aren’t worth it…

  6. spellingcops says: Nov 26, 2012 8:32 AM

    I wonder how the biggest homers in sports (the Seahawks fan base) is gonna spin this one…

  7. Josh says: Nov 26, 2012 8:33 AM

    What, you mad you got caught BRO?

  8. aljack88 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:34 AM

    Richard, no one thinks it was adderall anyway.

  9. tooz72 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:46 AM

    if he denies, he lies

  10. ogre2010 says: Nov 26, 2012 8:52 AM

    U Mad Bro?

  11. fuglyflorio says: Nov 26, 2012 8:57 AM

    Guess we know what’s behind the Seahawks resurgence. It makes a lot of sense now seeing how borderline out-of-control they’ve been. Cranked up on ‘roids.

  12. klunge says: Nov 26, 2012 9:20 AM

    Optimus Slime.

  13. packfntk says: Nov 26, 2012 9:26 AM

    I would have to say Sherman is a liar.

  14. bathroomben7 says: Nov 26, 2012 9:33 AM

    Richard Sherman Cybertronian blood is throwing off the test. If he was really taking Adderall he’d be getting INTs every other play.

  15. swortybounce says: Nov 26, 2012 9:50 AM

    Can someone allow Tom Brady to fly out to this guy’s home with someone to take a pic of him talking trash to Sherman after this was announced? Karma

  16. nickster31 says: Nov 26, 2012 10:47 AM

    The NFL needs to make the appeal process happen THIS WEEK.

    That way, the Hawks will lose their next 4 games, and no one is going to have to worry about them making the playoffs.

    This way, no one will be able to say they made the playoffs because of the replacement ref’s mistake.

  17. makinghtmlcodeforfacebook says: Nov 26, 2012 10:53 AM

    I wonder if he took it orally or blasted it up his nose..?

    On a more serious note, if he is taking Adderall before the games, he could have a heart attack on the field. Sherman needs help, he is playing a dangerous game with that drug. It is not advisable to take “speed” then go play in an NFL game.

    What is this guy thinking?

  18. patsfiend says: Nov 26, 2012 12:07 PM

    Bummer. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy than Sherman.

  19. ncs115 says: Nov 26, 2012 12:33 PM

    I believe him…he never took aderall. It’s a joke that the NFL doesn’t release the information on what these players are testing positive for. How many players in the past year have tested positive for “something” and then have come out and said it was Aderall. Aderall is the code name for steroids or any of a number of PED’s. Until the NFL steps up holds these players responsible for their actions, then steroids will continue to run rampant in the sport.

  20. marcinhouston says: Nov 26, 2012 12:38 PM

    I doubt they really took Adderall. The process that allows players confidentiality on their drug cases needs to be modified so they can’t take testosterone or heroine and then leak to the media with impunity that it was adderall or pot. I am sure when Chris ‘Bird Man’ Anderson received a sudden 1 year suspension in the NBA, that was Adderall too right? I get the idea of confidentiality but at a minimum I think the official announcement of suspensions should divide substances into ‘class A’ (hard stuff like anabolic steroids, hard drugs)and ‘class B’ (prohibited but lower stigma stuff like Adderall, pot, ephedrine) and also preferably into steroid/masking, weight loss, or recreational drug.

  21. hawk4life says: Nov 26, 2012 1:01 PM

    Quit hatin on Sherman! Talk trash after he’s walkin all over these fools in the pro-bowl!

  22. walleye436 says: Nov 26, 2012 1:11 PM

    Liar…liar…pants on fire

  23. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Nov 26, 2012 1:21 PM

    swortybounce says:
    Nov 26, 2012 9:50 AM
    Can someone allow Tom Brady to fly out to this guy’s home with someone to take a pic of him talking trash to Sherman after this was announced? Karma

    Right, like the biggest cheater of them all has any room to talk. That said it looks like the Hawks are cheaters too and will lose two corners for four games.

  24. norcalmafia says: Nov 26, 2012 1:21 PM

    Great now the Seahawk fans have another excuse for thier Superbowl contendor team…lol

  25. xplicitpits says: Nov 26, 2012 1:26 PM

    Lame!

  26. szwhtsup123 says: Nov 26, 2012 1:36 PM

    U suspended Bro?

  27. granadafan says: Nov 26, 2012 1:47 PM

    He should use the Cushing excuse. He was pregnant. He had a tumor. He worked out too hard. Etc, etc.

  28. comeonnowguys says: Nov 26, 2012 1:56 PM

    Wait, wait, wait…

    Multiple players on a Pete Carroll team are playing fast and loose with the rules?

    I wish you would have told me to sit down first.

  29. lawyermalloy says: Nov 26, 2012 2:35 PM

    OK he never took Adderall, just something that had the same ingredients as Adderall, namely “Amphetamine”! Nice try though.

  30. caseyanthonymunoz says: Nov 26, 2012 2:45 PM

    Pete Carroll was hoping the NFL was using replacement lab technicians.

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