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Jordan Black unhappy with NFL “attack-dog attorney” — and PFT

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Jordan Black, the Redskins offensive tackle who is serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, has lashed out against the NFL’s process for suspending players. And he has also lashed out at PFT.

Appearing on ESPN 980 on Tuesday, Black said that the NFL treated him unfairly for using a prescription drug for a medical need.

“It is a prescription,” Black said. “I gave the NFL the prescriptions that I received for it. They’ve known about the diagnosis. They’ve had their own doctors confirm the diagnosis, multiple times. I’ve seen more doctors than you can even imagine about this very case that we are talking about, but in the appeals process, it just doesn’t matter. It is a system that, instead of having someone that can take a look at all the information and make a logical decision based on the information that’s there, they instead have a attack-dog attorney who tries to paint some — mischaracterize a person and put labels on them like a doper or, you know, whatever in order to find the player guilty. I mean, it was clearly — I had no chance from the beginning.”

Black then took issue with my post on Monday, which I headlined, “After gaining 50 pounds this year, Jordan Black busted for PEDs.” Black says he did not gain anywhere near that much weight.

“There’s a guy from Pro Football Talk, his name is Michael David Smith, and he wrote an article, I think either today or yesterday, talking about how I gained 50 pounds in the preseason, and he was trying to paint a picture that I was clearly using steroids,” Black said. “Well, I took a picture of the scale and my weight, and the scale said 275.2 pounds. So this is why I’m so upset, is people like this, who just make up stories and put it in the news like it’s true. He says I’ve gained 50 pounds. I’ve gained five pounds.”

Black also mentioned me, and that picture of his scale, on Twitter.

To be clear, I didn’t pull the 50-pound weight gain out of the clear blue sky. I got it from a piece published by the Washington Post on October 17, headlined, “Jordan Black on losing, then gaining, 50 pounds.” That piece was published two months after another piece in the Washington Post, headlined, “Jordan Black is getting bigger, and he says, better.” That story quoted Black as saying he had already gained 11 pounds in just two weeks after signing with the Redskins at the start of training camp.

Black has a fair point if the Washington Post headline citing his 50-pound weight gain was in error — which Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post acknowledged was a possibility today. I have no reason to doubt that the picture Black posted on Twitter really is a picture of a scale he’s standing on, and that he really does weigh 275.2 pounds. But for Black to claim that I “made up” the 50-pound weight gain, when he knows full well that the information I was using came from the Washington Post, and when he had previously told the Washington Post that he was rapidly gaining weight during training camp, is absurd.

When asked on ESPN 980 whether the banned substance he took was the attention deficit disorder medication Adderall, which many NFL players have blamed for PED suspensions, Black declined to answer.

“First of all, my purpose on the show is not to confirm or deny whether or not it was Adderall or anything ADD-related,” Black said. “What I want people to definitely know is that it has nothing to do with steroids. I mean, I guess it has to do with performance-enhancing drugs, because it’s on the list, but it is not a steroid.”

If Black is telling the truth, then it’s surprising that he won’t name the prescription medication he took. And if he’s telling the truth, he should be unhappy with his own union for agreeing to a PED policy that demands strict confidentiality from the NFL: Because the NFL won’t disclose what substance Black and other suspended players test positive for, there’s no way to know which players were suspended for steroids, which players were suspended for Adderall or which players were suspended for any number of other substances on the banned list.

In many other sports, when an athlete tests positive, the announcement of the positive test also includes information about the banned substance that the athlete took. Everyone would be better off if the NFL would adopt such a policy. Everyone except steroid-using players who want to hide behind the NFL’s confidentiality rules.

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50 Responses to “Jordan Black unhappy with NFL “attack-dog attorney” — and PFT”
  1. sbmcintosh36 says: Dec 18, 2012 5:24 PM

    Its called hiipa and its privacy you nor anyone but he and his doctor had any right to know his condition…..its a non story to begin with

    Michael David Smith: You are incorrect. First of all, it’s called HIPAA, not hiipa. Secondly, HIPAA has nothing to do with the NFL’s confidentiality policy on its own drug testing. The confidentiality is related to the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, not HIPAA. Many other sports, athletic governing bodies and state athletic commissions release the specific banned substance that a player tested positive for.

  2. budramsfan says: Dec 18, 2012 5:25 PM

    Dammit Micheal, we dont want to tarnish the legacy of a mediocre lineman! Get it together dude!

  3. staph1nfection says: Dec 18, 2012 5:26 PM

    I’m definitely in favor of the specific banned substance being released when a test is failed.

  4. Sometimes Interesting says: Dec 18, 2012 5:26 PM

    Jordan, just tell us what it was. If you’re innocent, it shouldn’t be a big deal right?

  5. FinFan68 says: Dec 18, 2012 5:28 PM

    Just having a prescription is not good enough. The NFL must grant permission for a player to use a drug on the list. If he didn’t then there is nothing wrong with the process. Notifying the league after a positive test doesn’t cut it.

  6. skinsfansince71 says: Dec 18, 2012 5:36 PM

    Can he appeal the suspension?

    Michael David Smith: He already did appeal. He lost his appeal.

  7. kozinsky says: Dec 18, 2012 5:42 PM

    We all know that scales only go up to 275.2 pounds.

  8. randyschwimmer7 says: Dec 18, 2012 5:42 PM

    GEEZ MDS, you are SOOOO inconsiderate. You should just be ashamed of yourself. (and then give yourself a pat on the back for me.)

  9. danetow says: Dec 18, 2012 5:45 PM

    “Dammit Micheal, we dont want to tarnish the legacy of a mediocre lineman! Get it together dude!”
    -budramsfan

    Your right, its just man’s name right. (sarcasm) Clown.

  10. bigred12 says: Dec 18, 2012 5:47 PM

    oh snap! that last sentence is solid. nicely done, sir.

  11. rootintootinnootin says: Dec 18, 2012 5:49 PM

    If it’s so cut-and-dry that it was prescribed, why isn’t the union challenging the suspension?

  12. nananatman says: Dec 18, 2012 5:49 PM

    He was miss-quoted 3 times? Why didn’t he complain when the Washington Post ran the article?

  13. term3186 says: Dec 18, 2012 5:52 PM

    It could be something that is on the banned list that he would be embarrassed about. If I recall correctly, Extenze is banned, but Viagara isn’t. Might be a situation like that.

  14. superputman says: Dec 18, 2012 5:52 PM

    I think players should have a chance of appeal before being labeled as guilty.

    The current system is a little unfair to those who have legitimate ‘scripts.

    Step 1: pee in cup Step 2: test pee Step 3: tell the world they’re guilty Step 4: Prove they’re not guilty

    Step 3 and 4 should be switched up, in my opinion.

    Michael David Smith: Players do have a chance to appeal. He lost his appeal.

  15. 4sacroc says: Dec 18, 2012 5:57 PM

    His anger is misplaced. It should be directed at either a) himself for telling someone at The Post he gained 50 pounds; or b) at The Post for apparently printing a lie.

    Gee, The Post lying. That never happens.

    See Cooke. Janet.

  16. romosmicrodongs says: Dec 18, 2012 6:04 PM

    who handles the appeals process?

  17. budramsfan says: Dec 18, 2012 6:13 PM

    Danetoe- he tarnished his own legacy already dumbass, he FAILED the appeal. Its nobody’s fault but his, and trying to blame a reporter who drew a conclusion based on info provided by a major newspaper is ridiculous. Who cares about the jobber O lineman besides Redskins fans?

  18. histarz says: Dec 18, 2012 6:13 PM

    Sorry I have to disagree with MDS’s of why its suprising they didnt name the substance. It’s clearly a privacy issue. Nothing to do with HIPPA, but everything to do with not sharing the world about all your intimate issues. A man doesn’t have to share with the world, especially on widely read blogs, about what’s in the medicine cabinet. If they want to reveal it that’s fine, it’s a personal decision, but I don’t see what the big deal is if just wants to keep certain things between him and the doctors. I don’t go around telling everybody what I’m prescribed (and this is presuming it was a prescription). I just don’t think he has to be forced to give up the details just to clear up his name in stories like these.

  19. davikes says: Dec 18, 2012 6:19 PM

    Those are some pretty big feet.

  20. md228010 says: Dec 18, 2012 6:21 PM

    He’s basically trying to clear his name from PED use. So I guess label him as a Addy user. Maybe it makes him feel better. Anyhow enjoy your 4 game suspension and stop getting all geeked out. At least don’t get caught for it.

  21. fuglyflorio says: Dec 18, 2012 6:21 PM

    They’re all juicing … and Adderall is the masking agent. How many people do you know in your normal life taking it? So why do all these NFL players mysteriously need it?

  22. tylerdurden0 says: Dec 18, 2012 6:22 PM

    Meeeeow! Saucer of milk, table two.

    “OMG but then he was all like, ‘He gained like 50 pounds’ and I was all like, ‘Yeah, maybe more like 7 pounds… OF MUSCLE’… and then he was all like, ‘What-Ev-Er like I would even lie about that… so Grody’ and I was all like, ‘Yeah… well if the shoe fits, buddy’”

  23. bluestar4ever says: Dec 18, 2012 6:30 PM

    This is not the first time someone has tested positive for a prescription drug. If your prescription is on the banned substances list, you have to get approval from the league to take it. If you don’t get that, then you are breaking the rules. He should know that. Just repeating “It was a prescription!” over and over again doesn’t mean he didn’t break the rules. Adderall is a prescription too.

  24. howiefeltersnatch says: Dec 18, 2012 6:35 PM

    “tylerdurden0 says: Dec 18, 2012 6:22 PM

    Meeeeow! Saucer of milk, table two.”

    I seriously LOL’d

  25. chawk12thman says: Dec 18, 2012 6:35 PM

    The many recent PED issues in the NFL reflect a seemingly harsh system set up to keep players from being able to use banned drugs, regardless of intent. It would be nice if there was a means of demonstrating intent or lack thereof to mitigate the penalty, but beause they can’t get away with using or inadvertantly injesting banned substances, the majority of cheating will be curtailed in the future. Collatoral damage is necessary, it seems. Better than allowing loop holes that defeat the program.

    I, of course, am not talking about Sherman………He should be allowed to keep playing without penalty………the rest of the league, however, should comply………Okay, if he really is guilty, he should sit out too……….

  26. phoff12 says: Dec 18, 2012 6:38 PM

    Yummy,

    Rex Ryan

  27. educator7 says: Dec 18, 2012 6:50 PM

    At this point, I would doubt it was steroids. If it was, I don’t think the other O-linemen would be jumping in so whole-heartedly, even befoer he rushed to his own defense. He’s bringing himself a lot more publicity by making such a big deal of it.
    Meanwhile, we have to patch a line together for this week’s game at the Link.

  28. upperdecker19 says: Dec 18, 2012 7:13 PM

    He’s just a tad defensive about disclosing that he’s been going overboard on his kid’s Flintstones chewables.

  29. fbwangus8736 says: Dec 18, 2012 7:16 PM

    275 pounds? Must be the same scale ole Vince Wilfork “only” weighs #325 on!

  30. kev86 says: Dec 18, 2012 7:27 PM

    A redskin crybaby in denial.

  31. mazblast says: Dec 18, 2012 7:36 PM

    Just a wee bit too convenient that this happens while the Redskins are fighting for a playoff spot with Goodell’s beloved Giants, owned by Goodell’s buddy John Mara.

  32. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 18, 2012 7:54 PM

    Most publicity a third string right tackle ever got…

  33. Deb says: Dec 18, 2012 7:59 PM

    Something is very wrong here if the drug in question is Adderall, and the discussion is weight gain. Adderall causes weight loss and is often black marketed as a diet pill. So something was lost in translation if Black told the Post he was bulking up because of an Adderall prescription.

    MDS is correct that players made a bad bargain in not allowing the league to publicize the drugs involved in suspensions. Sometimes these are nothing more than OTC supplements made to seem more sinister by the secrecy. The league needs to revamp its peds policy to to ban only those substances like steroids that are truly harmful to players’ health and well-being.

  34. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Dec 18, 2012 8:00 PM

    budramsfan says:
    Dec 18, 2012 6:13 PM
    Danetoe- he tarnished his own legacy already dumbass, he FAILED the appeal. Its nobody’s fault but his, and trying to blame a reporter who drew a conclusion based on info provided by a major newspaper is ridiculous. Who cares about the jobber O lineman besides Redskins fans?

    ————————————————-

    Don’t you care since you read the article AND are commenting on it?

  35. kevindeezy says: Dec 18, 2012 8:02 PM

    I agree with mazblast

  36. romospersonalsnuggie says: Dec 18, 2012 8:30 PM

    *2012 Washington Redskins

  37. alphaq2 says: Dec 18, 2012 9:35 PM

    Mara has gone out of his way to try and cut the skins down ever since fisher and shanahan agreed to the trade that brought griffin to d.c… You can’t stop it Mara. The tables have turned. Try not to choke on your trust fund. I want to see Karma get her hands on you first…

  38. pickskins says: Dec 18, 2012 9:50 PM

    According to Jordan Black, this prescription was approved by the league before signing with the team (It is safe to assume that the team required such verification before finalizing the deal). If this is true, I can definitely understand why he’s angry. The league says it’s cool but later changes their mind… ??

  39. pickskins says: Dec 18, 2012 9:57 PM

    The Americans with Disabilities Act includes ADHD as a disability.

    The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, was established by Congress in 1990. The purpose of the law is to end discrimination in the workplace and to provide equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

  40. pickskins says: Dec 18, 2012 10:10 PM

    there are many types of generic “adderall” that are not technically “adderall”. each generic has its own, slightly modified mix of amphetamine salts used to induce proper function of the brain (there are also many other types of drugs used for treating adhd). some might assume that we are seeing so many players being diagnosed with adhd which has resulted from repeated blows to the head. the disorder is very misunderstood and perceived incorrectly and with stigma by the general public.

  41. drainbameged says: Dec 18, 2012 10:36 PM

    fuglyflorio says:
    Dec 18, 2012 6:21 PM
    They’re all juicing … and Adderall is the masking agent. How many people do you know in your normal life taking it? So why do all these NFL players mysteriously need it?

    I know plenty of people who have been diagnosed with ADHD…myself included. Adderall when used correctly can help a lot.

  42. jwreck says: Dec 18, 2012 10:48 PM

    budramsfan says: Dec 18, 2012 6:13 PM

    Danetoe- he tarnished his own legacy already dumbass, he FAILED the appeal. Its nobody’s fault but his, and trying to blame a reporter who drew a conclusion based on info provided by a major newspaper is ridiculous. Who cares about the jobber O lineman besides Redskins fans?
    ________
    Such a shame the legacy of a third string lineman had to be tarnished like that. Just as he was closing in on the all-time record for most consecutive seasons without starting a game. Guess you can kiss that bust in Canton buh-bye, Jordan.

  43. mojosmagic says: Dec 18, 2012 11:09 PM

    See you next year big guy. Or little guy. Or whatever guy shows up at training camp.

  44. iced107 says: Dec 18, 2012 11:34 PM

    Fact is Michael no matter what you want to say nor your arguement , he has privacy rights with medical treatment and he doesn’t have to disclose that to the public.

  45. docrusty says: Dec 18, 2012 11:43 PM

    Good for him for keeping his medical privacy. And shame on everyone else who thinks its their job or place to question ones medical history.

  46. jwreck says: Dec 18, 2012 11:46 PM

    pickskins says: Dec 18, 2012 9:50 PM

    According to Jordan Black, this prescription was approved by the league before signing with the team (It is safe to assume that the team required such verification before finalizing the deal). If this is true, I can definitely understand why he’s angry. The league says it’s cool but later changes their mind… ??
    ______
    pickskins says: Dec 18, 2012 9:57 PM

    The Americans with Disabilities Act includes ADHD as a disability.

    The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, was established by Congress in 1990. The purpose of the law is to end discrimination in the workplace and to provide equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
    _______
    What confuses me, and I’m guessing I missed something as this story unfolded, is how ADHD medicine would even begin to enter the picture in this whole situation.

    The story was initially broken in the context of Black gaining 50 pounds and being busted for PEDs. While PEDs, especially this season, have meant Adderall or a similar ADHD-controlling amphetamine, both medical professionals and personal experience can attest to ADHD medications’ chief side-effect being extensive, rapid, and uncontrollable weight-loss.

    It’s difficult to imagine that an NFL offensive lineman, especially the self-described “smallest tackle in the league”, would be using a medicine that makes it difficult to maintain weight in a job that definitively requires being extremely heavy.

    While the NFL should probably re-examine it’s entire position on ADHD medication, it should definitely consider looking into the role of the drug and the position of the player. For linemen, maybe Adderall should be considered a performance inhibiting drug, and teams be compensated with draft picks or salary cap increases for starting linemen with Adderall prescriptions.

    Now I understand that most PFT readers have absolutely no sense of humor, so I’ll lay out very clearly that the first three paragraphs were an actual post, while the last was just a joke to lighten the mood.

  47. beavertonsteve says: Dec 18, 2012 11:47 PM

    Hmmm. Black should be mad at the Redskins website as well apparently!

    60 Black, Jordan OL 6-5 305 32 7 Notre Dame

  48. burnzido says: Dec 19, 2012 12:27 AM

    If you actually read the Post’s article about Black’s weight, he never says how much weight he has actually gained.

    That being said to start your PFT article about him getting busted for PEDs with how he was “boasting about gaining 50lbs” was basically inferring that he was guilty of using steroids.

    The man is getting screwed by the NFL over paperwork and a faux attempt to look like it cares about PEDs.(still no HGH testing??) And you’re leading the readers to believe how he must of been on steroids or else why doesn’t he come clean and how did he gain all of that “phantom” weight? Please! I feel bad for the guy for not only loosing his job on a bs reason, but having his name drug through mud by the media.

  49. skin94249 says: Dec 19, 2012 10:56 AM

    It’s no ones business what medical condition Jordan has. You should be ashamed to even ask !
    What are you on ? He has a right to defend himself. As we have seen just last week (Bounty) the NFL is not without fault, guilt.

  50. jm91rs says: Dec 19, 2012 11:27 AM

    I’m guessing the reason he singled you out is not necessarily the 50lb comment, but the fact that you used the 50lb story to connect dots to steroids. He has a valid argument there.

    The guy took something he wasn’t allowed to take and I’m all for him being suspended for that, however if it was not a bulk building steroid it really wasn’t your place to speculate that he took a steroid to add bulk. You’re out of line on that original article because you decided to play detective and connect some dots. Turns out he didn’t gain 50 lbs and now you’ve written a story with no merit.

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