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Redskins OT Jordan Black Says Suspension Had ‘Nothing To Do With Steroids’
After the Redskins tackle Jordan Black was suspended four games for the use of performance-enhancing drugs, his linemates strongly protested that this was an unfair punishment and a bureaucratic mistake, Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post reports. Black himself then went on ESPN 980 Tuesday afternoon to further explain.
“First of all, I don’t think my purpose on the show is to confirm or deny whether or not it was Adderall or anything ADD-related,” Black told Doc Walker and Brian Mitchell on Inside the Locker Room. “What I want people to definitely know is that it has nothing to do with steroids. I mean, I guess it has to do with performance-enhancing drugs, because it’s on the list, but it is NOT a steroid. It is a prescription.
“I gave the NFL the prescriptions that I received for it,” he continued. “They’ve known about the diagnosis. They’ve had their own doctors confirm the diagnosis, multiple times. I’ve seen more doctors than you can even imagine about this very case that we are talking about. But in the appeals process, it just doesn’t matter.
“It is a system that, instead of having someone that can take a look at all the information and make a logical decision based on the information that’s there, they instead have an attack-dog attorney who tries to mischaracterize a person and put labels on them like a doper or whatever in order to find the player guilty. I mean, I had no chance from the beginning.”
“A very similar situation came up the previous year and it never even had to go to the appeals process,” the lineman said. “They tried to tell me that the reason it didn’t go to the appeals process the previous year is because the lockout kind of confused things. I really don’t understand, exactly. But apparently this year, since there was no lockout, [since] I was retired and working on a short time table, they didn’t extend me the same courtesy that they did the previous year.”
Source: The Redzone
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