Reports of failed test by Vernon Hargreaves were phony

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Well, it’s been an interesting hour or so.

Earlier today, we posted that there had been no leaks of failed drug tests at the Scouting Combine. Almost immediately, folks pointed out that there had been reports of a positive result from Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves. So I did a search on Twitter and found recent tweets that apparently were from Adam Schefter of ESPN and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media indicating that Hargreaves had failed his Scouting Combine drug test.

And, of course, both tweets came from impostor accounts, which posted the information on April 17.

The truth is that Hargreaves did not fail the Scouting Combine drug test. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Hargreaves has received no information suggesting a positive test. (He would have heard something from the NFL by now, if there was an issue with his sample.) Also, teams have heard nothing yet about any players testing positive at the Scouting Combine, which could be one of the reasons why there have been no leaks.

I apologize for the error. In moving quickly to rectify what I thought was an erroneous observation that there had been no leaks yet of any failed Scouting Combine drug tests, I fell for deliberately false tweets that had been made to look legitimate. The fact that there were two of them from different reporters caused me to erroneously assume the tweets were legitimate. They weren’t.

So, one more time: Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves did not fail his Scouting Combine drug test. Any tweets or reports indicating otherwise are erroneous.