If Ngata didn’t test positive for Adderall, NFL can say so

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Whenever a player receives a suspension for violating the PED policy and claims that he took Adderall, eyes roll even faster than they would with the influence of a banned stimulant.  But there should be no need for eye rolling (or other body language suggesting skepticism) under the revised PED policy, because if a player advances a “dog ate my homework”-style excuse, the league can now dispute it.

“[T]he Management Council may publicly disclose information relating to the discipline of a Player to correct inaccurate public claims made by that Player or his representatives about the discipline,” the new PED policy states.

In other words, if a player is lying about the reason for the positive test, the league can now say so.

As to Ravens defensive lineman Haloti Ngata, who says he took Adderall, the NFL has said nothing in response.  Which presumably means that, indeed, it was Adderall.

43 responses to “If Ngata didn’t test positive for Adderall, NFL can say so

  1. Everytime a player farts we are going to have to hear about what the NFL can do about it from here on out. It makes you miss Brett Favre stories.

  2. But the Ravens have Goodell in their back pocket so it could be steroids for all we know and the NFL doesn’t have to say anything just because they can say something.

  3. I don’t think the NFL will do it though. At least not very often. It serves no purpose other than to make the players and therefore the NFL look bad.

    The NFL would rather have John Q. Public think caught purposely cheating.

    Adderall masked roid rage is not going to make the NFL domestic abuse problem go away though.

  4. Considering the black-eyes the NFL is sporting these days on player conduct, I doubt they would refute and name the substance if it was more damning than Adderall.

    Now if a player got loud about the suspension to the media, NFLPA……etc, and the NFL needed to shore up its defenses -thats a different story.

  5. See where Haloti messed up was taking the most blatantly obvious Amphetamine that will fail drug tests: Adderall. What he should have done was contacted PED Carrol and had him prescribe some Seadderall – thats the good stuff right there…and its undetectable.

    Its just a shame Ngata isnt friendly with Pittsburgh players – they could have hooked him up with their team doctor in the offseason to get the Real Stuff. Could you imagine Haloti Ngata on Steeler Juice?? Adderrall is nothing compared to them horse roids James Harrison passes around the locker room.

    Sucks we lost him but ADD meds = nothing more than drinking Starbucks + Monster energy drinks at the same time. In contrast – half the 5th graders in America are on the stuff. So..

  6. IDK why people roll their eyes at Adderall claims.

    Adderall provides SIGNIFICANT benefits to mental awareness and focus. It nearly destroys nerves/anxiety.

    While I understand how that’s a tremendous benefit to WRs, QBs and Kickers I don’t see what a big galoot like Ngata wants it.

    I presume the eye-rolling is because people assume Adderall is NOT the PED to blame with Ngata?

  7. If you were the NFL would you rather the player say Adderall/Deer Antler Spray or Steroids/HGH?

    We need TMZ to get the real truth.

    Everyone and their children presumes that if the NFL talks its BS and if they’re quiet they’re hiding something.

  8. Bringing Pete Carroll’s name into the discussion is silly. Only one Seahawk in the last two seasons have been suspended for PEDs.
    If your team has any suspensions, it has more than the Seahawks.

  9. They wild not have to name the actual substance. They could simply say the positive test was not from adderal. Adderal can be used as a masking agent in which case it would show up and there would be nothing to dispute. The key is why rather than what. Regardless, the NFL gains nothing by disputing a player’s potential lie unless a public outcry begins to form. The league already spoke via the suspension and the characterization of the offense.

  10. Ngata is a dingus. I doubt the NFL would publicly dispute it though (now or in future instances), it would look petty on their part, and the player is suspended regardless.

  11. ” the NFL has said nothing in response. Which presumably means that, indeed, it was Adderall.”

    That’s a pretty big assumption. Of course the league prefers to let the public think every player suspended for PEDs took Adderall. Why would they go out of their way to announce that Ngata was using anabolic steroids or HGH?

  12. “…the NFL has said nothing in response. Which presumably means that, indeed, it was Adderall.”

    Hmmm… Is is me, or does “the Adderall explanation” seem to benefit both the players and the league equally? For the players, it makes their infraction seem like getting caught on a technicality; for the league, it gives them cover to continue sweeping the more egregious aspects of PED culture under the rug (despite their new, highly promoted testing policy).

    And from a PR standpoint, what incentive does the league have to publicly reveal, say, HGH use by a player?

  13. “In other words, if a player is lying about the reason for the positive test, the league can now say so.”

    They couldn’t do that before? Why not?

  14. Adderall provides SIGNIFICANT benefits to mental awareness and focus..
    …. It nearly destroys nerves/anxiety….

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    To help combat the effects of MS, adderall is one of several medications I’ve been prescribed over the past 25 years. To say “it nearly destroys nerves/anxiety” just is not true; at least from what I and others have experienced.

  15. My gut reaction was to call for the entire ravens squad to be tested for PEDs. Then I went back and watched game film – there’s no way any of them had their performanced enhanced. In fact, I swear they’ve all taken PDD’s – performance diminished drugs.

  16. bbox360 says:
    Dec 4, 2014 2:33 PM
    “In other words, if a player is lying about the reason for the positive test, the league can now say so.”

    They couldn’t do that before? Why not?

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    per the PBA, the NFL was not allowed to.

  17. OR…since it helps “Protect the Shiield”, the NFL has no interest in disputing this claim. The fact it was written into the contract is more likely to defend against public skeptisism…like this article seems to support.

  18. I’m surprised that so many people think the league wouldn’t want to name the substance if it is something other than Adderall.

    The league has an opportunity here to be viewed as the good boyscout and let the world know the truth (if there is truth to be known). If I am the league I am already rushing to get that truth out there into the public’s hands. Can you imagine the backlash that would happen if they don’t refute this and somehow the truth comes out? They would look like they are hiding things. And we all know they hide a lot of things, but in this kind of case they can tell the truth now and gain good graces by NOT standing with a PED user.

  19. What if he tested positive for both Adderall and ‘Roids and now says, “I tested positive for Adderall”?

    Is he that clever? Would the Raven’s organization coach him on how to deal with the press in a sensitive situation? Would they do a better job today than they did with Mr. & Mrs. Rice a couple of months ago?

    Steelers – Ravens are my favorite regular season games every year. I got grudging respect for the team and for the role Ngata plays. I’ve always heard great things about the front offie and Ozzie Newsome. With the PR stuff this year … bush league.

  20. So he gets to rest up for the playoffs and then come back?

    Great job NFL, that’ll teach him. these sports leagues get more and more pathetic by the day

  21. Can, but they don’t have to. Goodell lost all credibility, especially regarding the Ravens, so it is easy to believe they won’t say anything it is Adderall.

  22. tavisteelersfan says:
    Dec 4, 2014 3:23 PM

    What if he tested positive for both Adderall and ‘Roids and now says, “I tested positive for Adderall”?
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    I think that is a great point. Not technically a lie, doubt they would have authority to call him out on that. The other thing I think people don’t realize is that these guys basically know in advance when these tests are coming. They may even have a chance to do their own private testing in advance to see if anything is still cycling through their system. In which case, pop the Adderall – get the bailout excuse.

    That or someone has some new synthetics where Adderall works as a masking agent. Don’t get me wrong, Adderall is helpful little drug, but not something that would seem worth risking their career and millions of dollars over… Steroids, on the other hand – being able to be the guy across from you – that’s a bankable risk.

  23. sandman34rt says:
    Dec 4, 2014 3:27 PM
    So he gets to rest up for the playoffs and then come back?

    Great job NFL, that’ll teach him. these sports leagues get more and more pathetic by the day

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    The NFL cannot suspend him any longer than 4 games for a first offense per the negotiated PED policy. The suspension has to start as soon as the positive result is received by the league unless the player appeals. If he does then nothing happens until a ruling by a neutral arbiter is handed down. That could take upto 2 months going by past cases. So He could have possibly delayed the suspension until next season. Though it is possible that there already was an appeal and ruling since no official announcement is made until after a ruling.

  24. crownofthehelmet says:

    “My gut reaction was to call for the entire ravens squad to be tested for PEDs. Then I went back and watched game film – there’s no way any of them had their performanced enhanced. In fact, I swear they’ve all taken PDD’s – performance diminished drugs.”

    As a Ravens fan, that is freakin hilarious!

  25. Before you know it, Goodell will change his mind and Ngata will be out for life, then appeal, and be back next Sunday.

  26. I’ve been prescribed Adderall for ADD and although it does an amazing job at keeping you focused on what you are doing or need to do, it screws up your normal sleep pattern. That’s why I no longer take it. It will give you an initial euphoric high after taking a pill and then settle in and work for around four to five hours. If you take a second pill too late in the day, you will have trouble falling asleep. I could get to sleep fine, but if I woke up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, I couldn’t go back to sleep. So, basically it can prevent you from getting the amount of daily sleep that our bodies need. Another added feature is that it will occasionally give you nightmares.

  27. I love Ngata but he is an absolute moron for getting caught taking Adderall, ESPECIALLY after Chris Davis from the Orioles got suspended for the same reason less than a couple months ago.

    Idiot move.

  28. Florio, that’s a silly assumption, that because the NFL hasn’t distributed a press release saying that he didn’t take Adderall, that he must have indeed taken Adderall. They’re obviously not going to utter a peep unless the lie is egregious. For example, a guy was actually popped for taking four different anabolic steroids and heroin, but he and his agent decide to issue a public statement saying he was unaware there was a very small amount of decongestant derivative residue mixed into the can of protein powder he purchased from GNC.

    Not a chance in hell Ngata was busted for Adderall.

  29. How stupid do you have to be to be busted by one of those pathetic drug tests in the first place. Anybody with any lengthy personal experience in a weight room, two good eyes, and any semblance of common sense knows the majority of the players are taking something and will keep on taking something because the testing is worthless.

  30. For all of the commenters who are d*mb enough to act like the Seahawks are somehow connected to Adderall, here’s the reality of the issue. The Seahawks have had ZERO PED violations in the last 19 months, and only one in the past 2 years, that being the violation for Adderall on May 20, 2013 by Bruce Irvin. Adderall is an amphetamine… a lot of college kids use it to party and/or stay awake at night in order to study…it is not the same as Anabolic Steroids or Human Growth Hormone that players can use to bulk up and add muscle. Coincidentally, the Adderall violation by Irvin was during the offseason in 2013, and as of September 12, 2014, offseason violations for Adderall are no longer considered to be PED violations. The effects of Adderall only last for about 12 hours, and when discovered during the offseason, they now fall under the Substances of Abuse Policy, no different than a marijuana violation. Today, Irvin’s violation would not even be considered a PED violation. Adderall is still considered a PED violation during the season because amphetamines can affect a players concentration during games. Technically, one could say that the Seahawks have not had a PED violation in over 2 years.

    Here is a list of teams and the number of PED suspensions they’ve had over the last 2 years:
    Eagles- 3, Dolphins- 3, Colts- 3, Bucs- 2, Redskins- 2, Rams- 2, Vikings- 2, Giants- 2, Ravens- 2, Cowboys- 1, Jets- 1, Broncos- 1, Jaguars- 1, Chiefs- 1, Seahawks- 1, Bengals- 1, Raiders- 1, 49ers- 1, Bears- 1.

  31. Amphetamine and methamphetamine are two different compounds and would not be confused on a drug test. I cannot think of any situation where an amphetamine could actually mask a hormone.

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