On Monday afternoon, the NFL announced the suspension of Washington tackle Jordan Black without pay for testing positive on his most recent drug test. The Redskins have not yet made an official comment on the situation, other than to say that coach Mike Shanahan would address the issue in a Wednesday press conference.
Black’s fellow linemen were not so hush-hush about it. They took to the internet via Twitter to defend their teammate. Center Josh LeRibeus tweeted, “Don’t trust everything you hear about Jordan Black. I know for a fact he isn’t the doper he’s accused of being.”
Chris Chester, guard, added, “I understand [the NFL’s] skepticism, but … Black has been prescribed this drug for more than a decade.” Tackles Trent Williams and Tom Compton also added their support for Black.
The NFL is not allowed to announce what players in the NFL are suspended for when they fail a drug test, but it’s been widely-reported throughout the league that many players have been suspended for the AD/HD cure-all Adderall. In fact, fellow Redskin Cedric Griffin has already served a suspension this season because of Adderall. The NFL argues that the drug, when taken by someone without the disorder, gives players who take it an advantage over those who don’t. It helps the players with increased energy and a keener eye on the game.
Black, a Notre Dame graduate, was picked up as a free agent by the Redskins. He has played in Jacksonville, Houston and KC. Black will be eligible to return to play after he sits for four regular or post-season games