The Vancouver Sun posted a video Thursday (April 11) of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Richard Sherman saying of the drug Adderall, which the National Football League classifies as a banned stimulant, “There’s about half the league that takes it, and the league has to allow it.”
The paper uploaded the video, along with a full transcript of their interview with Sherman, after the player denied making the statement during an interview with NFL Network’s “NFL AM” earlier in the day. “First off, I would like to say, I didn’t say that,” Sherman tells the network. “It’s just another case of these writers trying to gain a little notoriety in an interview. What I said was there’s a bunch of guys in the league on prescription for Adderall.”
When asked to clarify whether his stance is that half the league is “on prescription” for Adderall, Sherman replies, “No, I didn’t say ‘half.’ I said ‘a bunch of guys’ and then he went with whatever he went with. But that’s the way I put it.”
Sherman’s comments to the Sun raised the ire of the National Football League, who issued a statement late Wednesday in response to the Sun’s initial story, published Tuesday. The NFL statement reads:
“The comments are ill-informed and inaccurate. Adderall is easily detected under current testing and will result in a suspension absent an approved therapeutic use exemption. If his statement were true, we would be seeing many more positive tests and suspensions. More importantly, his comments are irresponsible, as they ignore the serious medical risks and documented public health crisis associated with the improper use of Adderall and similar drugs.”
Sherman received a four-game suspension last season after testing positive for Adderall. The action was overturned on appeal because of a mishandled sample. Sherman addresses the reversal in the Sun interview. “There are players that took [Adderall] and tested,” Sherman says. “We all tested on the same day so it was just kind of a little mix-up with that.”
Below is the video of Sherman’s comments to the Sun.