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Jackson blames team doctor for failure to turn in paperwork

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The eight-game suspension of Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson presents an unusual and perhaps unprecedented twist.

Despite issuing through his agent a statement accepting responsibility for the positive test that resulted in an eight-game suspension, Jackson said on Twitter that a team doctor resigned his job and in turn failed to turn in the appropriate paperwork to allow Jackson to take the otherwise banned substance.

Specifically, players must have both a prescription and a therapeutic use exemption in order to consume substances that are otherwise banned.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh didn’t address the question of whether any team employee had a role in the failure to obtain clearance for Jackson to use the substance for which he tested positive, reportedly Adderall.  Instead, Harbaugh put the blame fully on Jackson.

“Reaction to that is you got to follow the rules,” Harbaugh said, via the Baltimore Sun.  “You don’t follow the rules, you get suspended.  That’s a fair rule.  There’s really no place for that.  He’s getting what he deserves.”

Still, if any Ravens employee committed negligence or malpractice in connection with the failure to get Jackson’s paperwork filed, Jackson deserves at a minimum compensation for the money he’ll lose by missing eight games.

Of course, there’s no way to know whether Jackson’s claim is accurate.  The league’s steroids policy prevents the NFL or the team from saying anything about the circumstances of the positive test.  It’s possible that Jackson’s story simply isn’t true.  If that’s the case, the Ravens have no way to defend themselves because they have no way of correcting the record.

Still, if Jackson is telling the truth, his agent and lawyers would be committing malpractice by not making a claim for compensation from whoever screwed up the paperwork.  Absent that effort, it’s hard to take Jackson’s position with anything more than a grain of a tainted supplement.

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10 Responses to “Jackson blames team doctor for failure to turn in paperwork”
  1. bigblu73 says: Aug 3, 2013 9:43 PM

    Dr.’s mess things up too!!! It’s not always player ignorance/negligence. Just like the lawyer that didn’t make the 49ers DB aware of his 2 Million dollar workout clause, it is very believable that a resigning Dr. dropped the ball on clerical duties. If this is what happened Jackson shouldn’t be financially culpable for a team Dr.’s gross negligence! I can’t believe I actually agree with Florio!!!LOL

  2. rodge1 says: Aug 3, 2013 9:48 PM

    Of course it’s someone else’s fault.

  3. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 3, 2013 9:49 PM

    Way to stick up for your player, coach.

  4. scotttheskeptic says: Aug 3, 2013 10:37 PM

    This would appear to be straightforward, did a Ravens team physician resign? If so, plausible.

  5. vincentbojackson says: Aug 3, 2013 10:42 PM

    It’s always someone else’s fault.

  6. clssylssy says: Aug 4, 2013 12:17 AM

    He can do like most everybody else would and sue him and then everything would come out in court and everybody would be under oath. Seems simple enough.

  7. mogogo1 says: Aug 4, 2013 1:38 AM

    Odd statement from Harbaugh. He obviously doesn’t buy it was the doctor’s fault. Did one of their doctors just happen to leave and Jackson decided that was a good excuse? Pretty clever, if that was the case.

  8. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 4, 2013 6:49 AM

    Steelers fans know all about bad doctors. Theirs is under indictment. No surprise there!

  9. kd75 says: Aug 4, 2013 10:19 AM

    How many people are on Adderal in this country?

  10. Nofoolnodrool says: Aug 4, 2013 10:46 AM

    Steelers fans know all about bad doctors. Theirs is under indictment. No surprise there!

    3 1 I am sure your unbiased opinion has the steeler doctor responsible for Asa’s problem……no surprise there!

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