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NFL calls Sherman comments ill-informed, inaccurate, irresponsible

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Cornerback Richard Sherman has become the latest athlete to accuse a professional journalist of making up quotes out of thin air.  The NFL is now accusing Sherman of being a little too flippant with his comments regarding the misuse of a prescription stimulants.

As MDS pointed out earlier in the day, Sherman now says he didn’t say that half the league is using Adderall, an ADD drug that appears on the list of banned substances negotiated by the NFL and the NFLPA.  But Sherman still said plenty about the substance while appearing on NFL Network.

“There’s a bunch of guys in the league on prescription for Adderall, so what — you know, I’ve never seen people get prescribed a performance-enhancing drug, you know what I mean?” Sherman said.  “So I don’t understand, you know, what everybody is so — you know, they go so crazy about it when some of these guys test positive for it, but a bunch of guys have prescriptions for it, so it’s, like, you know, kind of misleading.”

The league believes that Sherman is the one who’s being kind of misleading, both in the things he has said and the things he now says he didn’t say.

“The comments are ill-informed and inaccurate,” the league said in a statement that was forward to PFT. “Adderall is easily detected under current testing and will result in a suspension absent an approved therapeutic use exemption.  If his statement were true, we would be seeing many more positive tests and suspensions. More importantly, his comments are irresponsible, as they ignore the serious medical risks and documented public health crisis associated with the improper use of Adderall and similar drugs.”

Regardless of the specific words Sherman has chosen, his nonchalant attitude regarding Adderall use could be interpreted as an effort to reduce the stigma that has attached to Sherman via his own positive test by reducing the overall stigma that applies to the drug.  Though Sherman beat the suspension on appeal, plenty of people believe he took it, tested positive for it, and escaped the suspension on a technicality.

So by taking the position that it’s no big deal to use Adderall, maybe people will think it’s no big deal that Sherman tested positive for it.  Even though he still says he didn’t take it.

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77 Responses to “NFL calls Sherman comments ill-informed, inaccurate, irresponsible”
  1. tatatoothy says: Apr 11, 2013 10:29 AM

    Look, this guy may be an outstanding athelete. But between seeing him “express” himself in his “beat down” of Skip Bayless and then everything else he’s done, I honestly think there is something developmentally wrong with him.

    … or he’s just a big dumbie liar!!!

  2. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 11, 2013 10:29 AM

    They are right. He is all of those things and much much worse.

  3. logicalvoicesays says: Apr 11, 2013 10:29 AM

    Richard Sherman is annoying and a liar. So is Roger Goodell and the National Fixed league.

  4. eaglesw00t says: Apr 11, 2013 10:29 AM

    I agree with the NFL.

    He tested positive. He didnt necessarily “successfully challenge” the ruling. He challenged that the cup wasnt sound, and got off on a technicality. So unless someone specifically put a PED into a cup for him to pee in, he still tested positive.

    I would expect him to get “randomly” selected several times this season for testing.

  5. suckmyhawk2012 says: Apr 11, 2013 10:31 AM

    Die hard Hawk fan here.. It’s getting old Sherman.

  6. niners816 says: Apr 11, 2013 10:31 AM

    Sherman fits right in Seattle. Their fans are delusional and annoying just like him. Win something of relevance besides a regular season game before talking trash. Seattle fans, smh.

  7. surfinbird1 says: Apr 11, 2013 10:32 AM

    Guy needs to just shut his trap.

  8. kylexitron says: Apr 11, 2013 10:32 AM

    So sort of like thier bountygate suspensions then? I’ll informed, inaccurate, and irresponsible?

  9. bigbillinocmd says: Apr 11, 2013 10:32 AM

    truth must sting a bit…

  10. Phil Forte says: Apr 11, 2013 10:32 AM

    is anybody else sick of this guy already?

  11. oldskoolchopper says: Apr 11, 2013 10:33 AM

    Richard Sherman will be a fart in the wind in the anals of NFL history. This guy talks so much he probably can’t stand to be around himself. So many people, including seahawks fans that I have talked to can’t wait for this fool to just disappear into the obscure hole filled with loudmouth atheletes.

    BTW Richard, you’re one tough guy trying to pick a fight with at 123 pound reporter. smh….

  12. varavens410 says: Apr 11, 2013 10:33 AM

    and again, webb is better

  13. bertyboz says: Apr 11, 2013 10:34 AM

    This guy is a meathead who still hasn’t learned when to shut his gigantic flapper. One day he will.

  14. skoobyfl says: Apr 11, 2013 10:35 AM

    The NFL needs a interview training program because this type of chat doesn’t happen in other major sports. Did you ever hear a golfer talk like this or tarnish the brand’s image ??

    It’s obvious a proper education skipped by many of these college “grads”.

  15. monstersofthemidway545051 says: Apr 11, 2013 10:35 AM

    This guy is a straight clown. He needs to keep his mouth closed, only opening it long enough to eat some humble pie. Earn respect on the field and stop losing it with your mouth.

  16. jackhall00 says: Apr 11, 2013 10:36 AM

    Sounds like Jackie Childs wrote this headline
    “NFL calls Sherman comments ill-informed, inaccurate, irresponsible”

  17. kolbe213 says: Apr 11, 2013 10:39 AM

    You know?

  18. medtxpack says: Apr 11, 2013 10:39 AM

    Geez, someone close to him needs to advise him to shut the hell up.

  19. lo6icalvoice says: Apr 11, 2013 10:40 AM

    He’s still a pretty good DB.

  20. overweightman says: Apr 11, 2013 10:40 AM

    Sherman: “There’s a bunch of guys in the league on prescription for Adderall, so what”

    NFL: “Adderall is easily detected under current testing and will result in a suspension absent an approved therapeutic use exemption”

    Is “prescription” not the same as “approved therapeutic use exemption”? If it is, than I can’t see how Sherman is ill-informed, inaccurate, and irresponsible. I don’t have a PHd, but I am fat.

  21. Just a Fan says: Apr 11, 2013 10:40 AM

    What a tool…………….suspend him. He did test positive and then get off on a loop hole. Stanford needs to stop trying to win football and concentrate on molding educated men.

  22. cowboyhater says: Apr 11, 2013 10:42 AM

    Well duh…… I think everyone understands that Sherman is ill-informed, inaccurate, and irresponsible. How is that headline news?……

  23. timegambit says: Apr 11, 2013 10:42 AM

    Am I the only one who really wants to try Adderall now.

    Goodbye daydreaming and hello to actually getting some work done.

  24. SilentMajority says: Apr 11, 2013 10:42 AM

    Normally I don’t care what people put in their bodies, but in sports I do. That is because the athletic talent of the individual should be enough for anyone to reach the professional level. However, if PED’s is accepted then athletic talent will no longer be enough. Which means that to get the attention of pro scouts college kids will need to begin using PED’s, and to get the attention of the big name colleges we will also see an influx of high school kids using PED’s also. So that is why I don’t have a problem with the NFL cracking down on these sorts of drugs…

  25. CKL says: Apr 11, 2013 10:45 AM

    So a college graduate doesn’t undertand that a contract negotiated between his union and the league as to what is legal and illegal and the procedures needed to be followed on substances is the document that determines what’s allowed and what isn’t? ALL drugs are “performance enhancing” if you look at that term literally. Even aspirin.

  26. obnoxiousDCfan says: Apr 11, 2013 10:45 AM

    So maybe, you know, it could be, like, Richard Sherman, could be, maybe, you know, and idiot.

  27. drinkdabeers says: Apr 11, 2013 10:46 AM

    Reaffirming what we’ve known for a while. Guy would be highly respected if he didn’t voice his opinion, ever.

  28. Mike Florio says: Apr 11, 2013 10:48 AM

    @overweightman . . . prescription and therapeutic use exemption are two very different things.

  29. felonius1 says: Apr 11, 2013 10:49 AM

    Lol love it. Stop letting these talented young men get away with saying stupid junk all the time.

  30. jamesmbell says: Apr 11, 2013 10:49 AM

    This dude needs to keep his mouth shut. He has be relevant for ONE season. Settle down Sherm.

  31. ziplock10 says: Apr 11, 2013 10:49 AM

    What you have here is a AssClown running his mouth and the Bossman Cracking down on him. Everyone respects RESULTS but I wonder what becomes of this man this year…..

    Feels like a young MeAngelo….

  32. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 11, 2013 10:50 AM

    Rich blames his mood swings on switching from Adderall to Blabberon.

  33. jgreeds says: Apr 11, 2013 10:50 AM

    You know.

  34. kheebner says: Apr 11, 2013 10:54 AM

    The reason there aren’t more positive tests is because it gets out your system within 3 days and the players know when they’re going to be tested. We used it all the time in college

  35. therealpittbull says: Apr 11, 2013 10:56 AM

    Dont talk about it, be about it. Suspend him for his comments, and shut his mouth and bank account up. The only way to take out a loud mouth, not confident, but loud mouth attention seeking person. A shame these young guys have no older players to guide them in the fine art of dealing with the media and shrine creating public. It deminshes from their true intelligence and talents. SMH

  36. tlmoon2112 says: Apr 11, 2013 10:56 AM

    Sherman is quickly becoming the new TO/Ochocinco which is sad considering the caliber of player he is.

  37. gbmickey says: Apr 11, 2013 11:02 AM

    This guy graduated from Stanford? What happened to “you know” their standards?

  38. alphaq2 says: Apr 11, 2013 11:02 AM

    I am starting to understand why Trent Williams punched this guy in the face.

  39. ringwormsherm says: Apr 11, 2013 11:06 AM

    SEAHAWKS!!!! Keep hating on him you simple minded fools! It’s not easy being the BEST corner in the league!

  40. romosmicrodongs says: Apr 11, 2013 11:07 AM

    I still smile every time I watch a helmetless sherman get clocked by trent Williams. can start fights, Richard, better learn to finish them

  41. wryly1 says: Apr 11, 2013 11:09 AM

    What an embarrassment to Stanford. One thing we know for fact from all of this is: Sherman is just plain stupid.

  42. sanfranfanyouknowit says: Apr 11, 2013 11:11 AM

    So opening up your mouth resulted in the NFL knowing your a liar. I think he should have to face his suspension based on a technicality that he’s you know dumb

  43. asimonetti88 says: Apr 11, 2013 11:13 AM

    Is it possible to suspend players for being a jackass? If so, they should let Sherman know what’s up.

  44. scarletmacaw says: Apr 11, 2013 11:13 AM

    The NFL does not test for Adderall. The positive is for amphetamines. A player can claim the reason he tested positive for amphetamines was because he took Adderall, but who really knows?

  45. peezwizz says: Apr 11, 2013 11:14 AM

    most disliked player 2013-14…

  46. dawglb says: Apr 11, 2013 11:15 AM

    You can’t misquote this, ” “.
    So, zip it, unless you are a big boy and stand behind your words, Bub.

  47. hehateme2 says: Apr 11, 2013 11:22 AM

    Just another case of a guy with a bigger mouth than brain.
    He’s obnoxious.

  48. iamapatsfan says: Apr 11, 2013 11:25 AM

    I read the title, then saw the picture and assumed that was Sherman’s response to the NFL, haha.

    Good choice on the pic.

  49. scmems07 says: Apr 11, 2013 11:38 AM

    Ill informed, inaccurate and irresponsible, explains sherman in a nutshell, just add annoying, delusional and unfortunate, unfortunate that a stanford grad acts like he does.

  50. shayeezy says: Apr 11, 2013 11:38 AM

    i like a few seahawks players – wilson, lynch, robinson, thomas, chancellor, wagner – but pete carroll makes it impossible to cheer for them, and sherman is making sure i don’t have any second thoughts about it.

  51. drjoemck says: Apr 11, 2013 11:38 AM

    I think Sherman is being misunderstood in what he is trying to say here, but he is probably better off that the media and public interpret his statements more literally, because I believe he is trying to say would/should earn even more blow-back. I don’t think he is saying that a lot of guys are taking Adderall and getting away with it; I think he is saying there are a lot of guys who take Adderall with permission from the league. To Sherman this seems to make the drug something less impactful on the game than to deserve banishment from the league. Of course this completely discounts the mental illness that necessitates the drug for those with prescriptions.

  52. lebrack27 says: Apr 11, 2013 11:40 AM

    Great player, greater clown.

  53. nineroutsider says: Apr 11, 2013 11:58 AM

    He flaps his gums far too much, but as a fan I don’t care. Honestly, I leave the male soap opera stuff to the talking heads and everyone that gives a rip. I would care if he were on my team as I don’t like walking distractions. However, in the off-season, who cares. If the guy wants to put himself in the league’s cross-hairs, and he is on my team’s arch nemesis, I welcome it.

    With that being said, I’d take his loud punk arse on my team any day of the week and twice on Sunday. He’s a unique corner who is very good. Even if you can’t stand him you have to admit that he can play. I can’t speak to his play without the secret sauce but it is common knowledge among media members that a large percentage of the players are on the sauce and they don’t say anything because the league will crush them. So it’s pointless to think of him as a cheater.

  54. majormeatcurtains says: Apr 11, 2013 12:01 PM

    I hear that Adderall makes your tongue swell. Is that true Sherman?

  55. chawk12thman says: Apr 11, 2013 12:05 PM

    Did anyone really read or hear what he said. He said many nfl players have prescriptions for adderall and thus it shouldn’t be a banned substance as it isn’t a PED. If it is a PED, it would be banned. Thats’ it. Thats all he is saying.

    The press add their spin to make it sound like he said over half of the NFL players take it and then add their own spin to his motives. He didn’t say what they said he said. He was responding to questions and thus his motivation is to answer the questions.

    I am disappointed in the NFL in coming out against his supposed statement without obviously having looked at what was really said. They appear to be reacting to the press’ opinion and not what Sherman said.

    Okay; Done venting…….I feel better……..

  56. goldrush36 says: Apr 11, 2013 12:12 PM

    Yet Seattle fans will tell you Harbaugh passed on his own pupil because he can’t evaluate talent which in itself is ignorant when you look at most his draftees. Fact remains Sherman’s loud mouth doesn’t fit the team mold and Harbaugh knew he would be nothing but drama. When Pete Carroll acknowledges Sherman needing to tone it down you know there is a serious problem. Look what happens when players start popping off and being a distraction in SF…. either gone or whipped into shape. Culliver will be a model citizen or be released. Wouldn’t be surprised if Crabtree has already been talked to

  57. fafaflunky says: Apr 11, 2013 12:17 PM

    this guy is really a true RICHARD..

  58. henryd3rd says: Apr 11, 2013 12:19 PM

    People! Can we stop giving stupid people a platform to show how stupid they are?

  59. nebster21 says: Apr 11, 2013 1:16 PM

    What did you think the NFL was going to do? did you think they were going to say yes that is true half of the league is duping us.

  60. norcalsportsknowledge says: Apr 11, 2013 1:24 PM

    Less then 5% of the population needs this drug for ADD, but he’s saying 50% of the people in the NFL have ADD. He’s a Stanford grad, shouldn’t he know those numbers don’t add. And he’s saying 50% of the NFL players take it, but he’s not one of them. His jar was accidentally contaminated. Pete Carroll left USC because his teams were cheaters. Looks like somethings never change.

  61. stonedolphin89 says: Apr 11, 2013 1:38 PM

    The fans that read here are so “knee-jerk 1st impression”. Most of you are so ill-informed of who Sherman is that it makes me smh.

    Alright, bring on the downvoting from all of the sherman-hating sheep!

  62. cchicinfan says: Apr 11, 2013 1:55 PM

    First, Richard Sherman does talk too much and contrary to what his apologists say, it isn’t harmless talk. He can be vicious and vindictive.

    Second, he is an elite football player and those who deny that either haven’t watched enough Seahawk games or are letting his talk obscure their judgment.

    Third, how can anyone who has watched the development of the game and the players over the last 30 years not believe that the use of Adderall and any number of banned substances aren’t rampant in the NFL. For every drug test ever developed there are people out there who get paid “good money” to find ways to neutralize it.

    I love football as a spectator but choose not to be myopic when it comes to understanding that where the money is big, there will always be the “dark side” of the game.

  63. metalman5150 says: Apr 11, 2013 2:11 PM

    I went to my doctor for anxiety and lack of focus; he prescribed me depression drugs. I don’t take them.

  64. screechdaddy says: Apr 11, 2013 2:13 PM


    More hate, please!

  65. joeyb3878 says: Apr 11, 2013 2:15 PM

    He needs to stop talking, you know.

  66. vermonator says: Apr 11, 2013 2:18 PM

    Whether he actually took the drug or not, who knows? With that said, however, Sherman sure sounds like he does suffer from ADD or even ADHD and should probably be taking it. Why the league would ban a legal prescription for a behavioral disorder doesn’t make sense to begin with. Sherman would probably be much more coherent and better behaved if he were taking it.

  67. bkostela says: Apr 11, 2013 2:29 PM

    wow the hate for this man is incredible. if he is indeed just about self-promotion, everyone commenting here is playing right into his trap by flocking to everything thats written or said about him or involving him. it’s sad and comical.

  68. kylexitron says: Apr 11, 2013 2:32 PM

    All you Sherm haters – please remember to address him as All-Pro Stanford Graduate Richard Sherman.



  69. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 11, 2013 2:54 PM

    Some of these linemen that jump offsides all the time probably need a prescription for Adderall so they focus better.

    Not sure of any other advantages for taking it but it can make people kind of mean.

  70. ibreathefootball says: Apr 11, 2013 3:20 PM

    His own college coach didn’t like him. Sherman is a loudmouth numbskull.

  71. skinsdiehard says: Apr 11, 2013 3:47 PM

    gigantic A-hole, this guy. Folks that show no humility usually take a hard fall towards it someday. I hope he survives the fall because it’s coming.

  72. kcstick says: Apr 11, 2013 3:52 PM

    You big dummy Lamont

  73. thejuddstir says: Apr 11, 2013 3:53 PM

    Makes you wonder why Stanford would bestow an “honorary degree” on this clown because it’s rather obvious that he isn’t smart enough to earn one on his own.

  74. goldrush94 says: Apr 11, 2013 4:11 PM

    All the adderall in the world won’t knock some sense into this chump. He will be his own undoing in this league. He’s a bigger mouthed version of T.O. and that’s a scary thought.

  75. goldrush94 says: Apr 11, 2013 4:23 PM

    Adderall is essentially an amphetamine salt. The “athlete’s zone” that some people talk about… Well, this drug puts you in a similar focus or “zone” if you will. So in that regard, it is performance enhancing drug.
    Btw.. I am a sports psychologist.

  76. cmoney20 says: Apr 11, 2013 4:30 PM

    I could listen to Richard Sherman talk all day long. Its refreshing hearing the truth once in awhile. Doesn’t happen much anymore.

    Hahaha starts fights he cant finish? You’re on the internet guys. Lets relax everyone.

  77. scmems07 says: Apr 11, 2013 9:18 PM

    The truth huh, so he said something, the reporter puts it on paper, then sherman said he didn’t say it, called out the reporter and blasted him, so the reporter has it on tape with Shermans exact words…… So he doesn’t lie? Lol.

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