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Amphetamines, not “Molly,” ensnared Scandrick

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When it comes to the substance for which Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick tested positive, the report from ESPN’s Ed Werder is in the proverbial right church, but the wrong pew.

Werder reports that Scandrick tested positive tested positive for MDMA, otherwise known as Ecstasy or, more recently, Molly.

But MDMA isn’t a banned substance under the PED policy.  MDMA falls under the substance-abuse policy, and a positive test doesn’t compel a suspension for a first offense.  (In Scandrick’s case,the PED test wasn’t even checking for MDMA or other recreational drugs.)

The problem for Scandrick and, apparently, other NFL players who have tested positive for PEDs this offseason is that the MDMA they have taken on a recreational basis wasn’t pure, and it contained amphetamines.  Amphetamines remain a banned substance under the PED policy.

If/when the NFL and NFLPA finally reach an agreement on HGH testing, amphetamines could join MDMA and other recreational drugs under the substance-abuse policy.  While amphetamines consumed on game day can enhance performance, amphetamines taken on vacation in the offseason won’t do anything to help a football player artificially inflate his overall abilities.

But the potential improvements to the drug policies remain trapped under the inability of the NFL and NFLPA to hammer out the last major hurdle regarding HGH testing — whether discipline arising from something other than a positive test will be subject to third-party arbitration.  The refusal of either side to blink on a fairly meaningless sticking point has resulted in plenty of suspensions, and plenty of lost dollars.

For Scandrick, the cost will amount to more than $1 million in lost salary.

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57 Responses to “Amphetamines, not “Molly,” ensnared Scandrick”
  1. Steeler Nation is so far above you and your lowly franchise. We built this league. Pittsburgh's three rivers are made from the tears of our opponents. Bow to your supreme overlords. says: Aug 12, 2014 1:15 PM

    The Seahawks are now pursuing a trade.

  2. wannabeqb says: Aug 12, 2014 1:20 PM

    So amphetamine is a performance enhancing drug.

    Scandrick allowed it into his body.

    He should be suspended in line with the CBA.

    I don’t really care how it got there.

  3. r8rsfan says: Aug 12, 2014 1:21 PM

    So he issues a statement (his agent anyway) making it sound like he’s “above reproach”, squeeky clean and this was all some innocent mistake, and then we find out he took ecstasy. Hmmmm.

  4. RegisHawk says: Aug 12, 2014 1:22 PM

    I think that’s enough back and forth. Time to lock all parties in the Death Cage. Whoever comes out alive, that’s the story we believe.

  5. gotitan says: Aug 12, 2014 1:22 PM

    If I have weed in my system and test positive at work, I get fired. Can’t we all just get along??

  6. fofofotey says: Aug 12, 2014 1:23 PM

    He also failed the “Stupid” test.

  7. floratiotime says: Aug 12, 2014 1:24 PM

    He’s in Dallas … who wouldn’t want time to go faster?

  8. 667s650w says: Aug 12, 2014 1:24 PM

    He probably got it from Jurrah.. I heard he is known for partying with stripper and boozing it up…

    Also explains Jurrahs draft and player choices.. He was trippin on Molly…

  9. deepseabreeze says: Aug 12, 2014 1:24 PM

    Popped a molly, I’m sweatin’, WOOO!

  10. kingokra says: Aug 12, 2014 1:24 PM

    Man, oh, man…the regular season can’t get here soon enough! The Dallas “D” is terrible anyway, so I don’t think they’ll miss “Scam”drick.

    As an aside, while I know he’s a troll and can’t be that stupid, you’ve got to hand it to that Steeler Nation guy. He’s pretty funny. “tears of our opponents”- classic.

  11. Getoffmylawn! says: Aug 12, 2014 1:25 PM

    Really sucks when you can’t trust your drug dealer to keep his product clean.

  12. i thumbs down your comment says: Aug 12, 2014 1:25 PM

    Doesn’t MDMA contain amphetamines by definition?
    MethyleneDioxyMethAmphetamine?

    I’m no chemical engineer but the drug may have been pure and still triggered a positive test.

  13. sourdieszel says: Aug 12, 2014 1:26 PM

    Ecstasy,while containing mdma is not Molly.

    Molly is Pure mdma on its own.

    Ecstasy is a pill cut with different drugs and usually contains mdma.

    Big difference!!

  14. ddaveyy says: Aug 12, 2014 1:27 PM

    When you’re going to use recreational drugs, make sure to check the ingredients ;)

  15. 12444uggg says: Aug 12, 2014 1:27 PM

    Drug test in the near future will come with a Glowstick to see how the “student” reacts.

  16. 20texans02 says: Aug 12, 2014 1:29 PM

    Sherman and the See-me-do-mehawks started a trend. Just hire Shermans lawyer and he will get it reduced.

  17. anaheim2dafullest says: Aug 12, 2014 1:29 PM

    A million dollar molly

  18. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 12, 2014 1:35 PM

    who cares, isn’t he a Cowboy.. they are irrelevant

    and, there is always the Pats and Seahawks…

  19. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 12, 2014 1:38 PM

    He would have been better off dragging his girlfriend out of an elevator.

    Goodell only gives 2 games for that offense.

  20. louderthanwords1 says: Aug 12, 2014 1:39 PM

    Molly isn’t a new term for ecstasy. Yes their both mdma but ecstasy is the pill form where as Molly is just the loose powder. Scandrick claims the ex girlfriend he was vacationing with persuaded him to add it to his drink and at least it’s a little more reasonable to understand him doing it by mistake that way than if he had done ecstacy and popped a pill not knowing what it was.

  21. eaglerobynhawk says: Aug 12, 2014 1:41 PM

    Molly or MDMA is methylenedioxymethamphetamine. The “MA” stands for methamphetamine. Therefore, stating that the molly wasn’t “pure, and it contained amphetamines” is ignorant at best.

  22. footballfan72 says: Aug 12, 2014 1:41 PM

    Where’s Walter White when you need him?

  23. rdubluv12 says: Aug 12, 2014 1:52 PM

    I see people are still using lame excuses for why the Seahawks are better than their team. Those outdated PED jokes must really help you sleep at night…or at least just mask the fact that your team still sucks regardless how much you degrade another.

  24. 65impala says: Aug 12, 2014 1:53 PM

    It was from a second hand drink, not his fault. same thing happened to J. Gordon

  25. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 12, 2014 1:53 PM

    You could say Orlando was “amphed up”.

  26. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 12, 2014 1:55 PM

    So his exgf convinced him to put that in his drink.
    I hope she was worth it!

  27. calicowboysfan86 says: Aug 12, 2014 1:55 PM

    Week 1 is going to be a straight massacre. Good thing everyone in a 50 mile radius of me are die hard 49er fans.

  28. trollhammer20 says: Aug 12, 2014 1:57 PM

    Take Adderall, which doctors regularly prescribe to teenagers, you get a four-game ban.

    Do a few lines of blow or drop acid and get caught, it’s just a warning the first time.

    Yeah, that makes sense….

  29. mikejsmith32 says: Aug 12, 2014 2:08 PM

    You mean that wasn’t Advil??!?!?!?!

  30. dfried119 says: Aug 12, 2014 2:12 PM

    if you think most molly is pure anything, you got no clue or you have the greatest connection in the world. everythings stepped on.

  31. dfried119 says: Aug 12, 2014 2:14 PM

    take some Adderall. and you tell me that’s not a ped! as far as performance enhancing, its way worse than coke imo. coupel 30mg.. id be tackling dudes left and right

  32. grayone77 says: Aug 12, 2014 2:17 PM

    Wow, quite a few of yall on here appear to have a vast knowledge of illegal substances

  33. blackandbluedivision says: Aug 12, 2014 2:22 PM

    What’s with NFL players and “Basketball Wives?” First Ochocinco now this guy.

    No wonder he dumped her.

  34. bullcharger says: Aug 12, 2014 2:34 PM

    how about don’t take illegal recreational drugs while you play in the NFL. That’s an easy way to avoid having banned substances enter your body. Is it that much of a commitment in exchange for millions of dollars?

  35. orivar says: Aug 12, 2014 2:41 PM

    He basically took a party drug.

  36. ghost26 says: Aug 12, 2014 2:57 PM

    The circus continues. Even though the Dallas Cowboys have become irrelevant as an actual ‘football team’ due to their play on the field, Jerry Jones has successfully turned the Cowboy franchise into the top rated soap opera/drama in professional sports. Bad team that will be lucky to win more than 5 games this year.

    Unfortunately the Browns have jumped into the fray w/ the number two slot b/c they seemingly fire their HC’s & GM’s every year & then added gasoline to the fire by drafting Manziel. Good luck with that draft pick. BTW–Since they’re still the Browns that means they won’t ever make the playoffs.

    And rounding out the top three would be the Redskins. A new HC who has to tip toe around everything he says about his QB???? That’s insane & I’ve seen this movie before. Even w/ a healthy RG3 they’ll be lucky to win 8 games.

    Does anyone see a pattern w/ these three owners???

  37. sumkat says: Aug 12, 2014 3:05 PM

    There is a good chance this Ecstasy I bought in Cancun is 100% pure

    Said nobody ever

  38. darocnessmonsta says: Aug 12, 2014 3:09 PM

    Some of u know too much about this drug…Hmmm

  39. floreskins says: Aug 12, 2014 3:14 PM

    So subtract from the league’s worst DEF their best DL, best LB, and now arguably their best player in the Secondary for 4 games. Drew Brees might throw for 700 yds on these bums HAHA

  40. 88xfactor says: Aug 12, 2014 3:23 PM

    Nobody going to believe he didn’t know what he was taking anyway. At least he’s not gropeing under age girls like a guy I no in Steelers Nation. So sit the 4 games out, then get back to work. If they did a surprise drug test the last few days before opening day. We wouldn’t have enough players left in the league to even have a NFL season

  41. coachglove says: Aug 12, 2014 3:34 PM

    The NFL policy is brilliant…they don’t care how it got there. You are responsible for surrounding yourself with people who know and respect your career and understand the consequences of choices they may make…like spiking a drink with MDMA. Weird how guys like Brady, Manning, Montana, Rodgers, etc. never seem to have this stuff show up in their systems…it seems certain positions are better suited to taking stupid risks and are more frequently guilty of these types of offenses. I haven’t heard of too many OL popping molly on their weekends in cancun. Seems to be 90+% defensive guys…not exactly known for their intelligence.

  42. 23rdusernameused says: Aug 12, 2014 3:53 PM

    ___________ is one hell of a drug!

  43. richndc says: Aug 12, 2014 3:53 PM

    Again I say–if he punches his GF in the face, knocking her out cold–can he get a reduction to just two games suspended? Can someone call Roger “I know nothing about the game of football, but still ruining it for the lifelong fans” Goodell and get me an answer on this???

  44. lakedog19352 says: Aug 12, 2014 3:56 PM

    Dallas just went from having to score 45 points a game to win, to over 50…..sigh

  45. normdogg says: Aug 12, 2014 3:58 PM

    “Molly” is ecstasy or MDMA (MethylenedioxymethAMPHETAMINE.) It can show up on a drug test as Amphetamines. Ecstasy sort of fell out of favor with the drug using crowd, so they started calling it “molly” and claiming that its a “pure form of MDMA.” In all reality its often cut with straight Amphetamine (Adderall) and/or Methamphetamine. Sometimes, thats all it is. So it could be true to say that Molly and Amphetamine were both the cause of the positive test.

  46. granadafan says: Aug 12, 2014 4:34 PM

    But but but, his agent wrote a statement said Scandrick merely didn’t check the ingredients and was squeaky clean! How are you going to check the ingredients on a recreational drug from unknown sources?

  47. palatypus says: Aug 12, 2014 4:41 PM

    Ed Werder shouln’t know these things.

  48. medialovesthecowboys says: Aug 12, 2014 5:07 PM

    I hope you he looked around for Darren Sharper before he took a sip…

  49. deep64blue says: Aug 12, 2014 5:20 PM

    While amphetamines consumed on game day can enhance performance, amphetamines taken on vacation in the offseason won’t do anything to help a football player artificially inflate his overall abilities.

    You don’t think PEDs can help a player train harder and / or longer???

    Seriously!

    By the way can I interest you in this bridge in Brooklyn I have for sale?

  50. koolaidsgonebad says: Aug 12, 2014 5:28 PM

    MDMA not a banned substance? Come on, the base of it is Anphetamines. ….MethyleneDioxyMethAmphetamine. This would be like saying, I have THC in system, but I ate it not smoked it. Either way you have it in your system. Second it is humorous that people try ti separate Ecstasy and Molly. In Techno and House scene, we called the pill Ecstasy and the powder “pure” Molly. This went on for years until Madonna at Ultra and the Hip Hop artists made “Molly” popular. So no there is no real difference. I bet some of you would argue that Tina is not Coke. No matter how they categorize it, dude deserves time off.

  51. i10east says: Aug 12, 2014 6:13 PM

    On Instagram str8 flexin’

  52. rgmememe says: Aug 12, 2014 6:14 PM

    “Molly” can be a lot of things. MDMA, MDA, methalone are all called “Molly”. All are similar in chemical make-up but all will test positive for amphetamines on a urine analysis.

  53. CowboyErik says: Aug 12, 2014 6:47 PM

    sucky!

  54. bobsnygiants says: Aug 12, 2014 7:08 PM

    he gets 4 games, Ray Rice gets 2 games for punching out his wife..

  55. bobsnygiants says: Aug 12, 2014 7:10 PM

    think about it, Ray Rice gets 2 for a KO

  56. hisandherpes says: Aug 12, 2014 10:37 PM

    So Molly = knocking out two fiancées.

  57. jlbutler66 says: Aug 13, 2014 8:32 AM

    I doubt there is any drug he could take that would make his on the field performance equal the money he is being paid. That’s one of the reasons the Cowboys are in decline we are paying too much and getting to little in return. It’s a pattern and the responsible party owns the team. Unfortunately there is no end in sight for this situation.

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