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Source: Weslye Saunders Used Adderall For ADD


I wrote earlier today how the signs were pointing to Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Weslye Saunders testing positive for the prescription drug Adderall, and tonight a source informed me that Saunders did test positive for the drug that he was apparently using to treat ADD, better known as attention deficit disorder. The source thinks that Saunders will appeal the 4 game suspension that was reported on Monday, but does not think that he will win the appeal.

This case and suspension really parallels closely to that of St. Louis Rams wide receiver Austin Pettis, who was suspended 4 games this past December for using Adderall. Pettis said in a written statement to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after the suspension was announced: “I apologize to the St. Louis Rams, my teammates, and our fans for making a poor decision that led to my suspension. I tried Adderall, but I failed to follow the proper procedures set forth by the NFL before using such medication. I accept full responsibility and must endure the consequences for my action. I promise to emerge on the other side of this suspension as a better person and player.” That was followed up by a statement by then Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo which said, “Austin\’s situation is unfortunate. Obviously, we are disappointed and will miss him during this suspension. But the NFL\’s policies are very clear and we respect the League\’s decision in this matter.”

The league seems to take a very stiff stance when it comes to their policy as it relates to anabolic steroids and related substances and seems not willing to give after the fact if the proper channels are not followed. Players need to check with the league on everything they put in their body and it appears that Saunders did not go through those proper channels according to the source. Hopefully Saunders can win his appeal, but for now it looks very bleak.

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  • John Wallace

    That’s ridiculous! If a guy’s trying to get an edge physically it’s one thing. If it’s an anxiety medication that’s a lot more understandable. I was on anxiety medication for the last 8 years of my life. After the Hell I went through trying to get off what I was on, I can’t blame Saunders for maybe not being able to or willing to get off Adderall.

    Hopefully he wins his appeal.

  • Guest

    There is a reason the NFL banned Adderall. According to RadarOnline, when MLB allowed Adderall use for ADD, the MLB rate for ADD became double the general population. “Major league baseball players’ use of Adderall has multiplied by a factor of 4 since the league’s 2005 ban on amphetamines. Adderall is a psychostimulant that reportedly helps players concentrate and “lock in” as they play.” Link (http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2010/03/exclusive-adderall-baseballs-new-drug-problem-says-doc-charges-fly-players)

  • guest

    I don’t see any reason why someone should be punished if they are prescribed Adderall.

  • ma

    Adderall is really a potent drug. If you are prone to addiction, this drug will get you. It produces effect wonderfully until,,,,it doesn’t. It was good decision to ban it. There are healthier ways to treat anxiety.

  • Tom

    r u kidding me? A taken as prescribed legal med? And he’s suspended for it? What gives? Is that all of the story? What else is there. He needs it, therefore it is legal to function normally as others who don’t need it do.

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