On Tuesday, the NFL announced that New York Giants safety Tyler Sash would be suspended for four games without pay for violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy. Shortly after the announcement, Sash released an independent statement saying that he takes full responsibility for the suspension, but claims it was a result of the use of the drug Adderall, which had been prescribed to him in an effort to help overcome anxiety during public speaking events.
Sash's agent, Jack Bechta, was understandably upset with the league's decision to suspend his client, especially since running back Andre Brown had recently won his appeal and had his suspension, which was also allegedly for the use of Adderall, overturned by the league.
“I am extremely disappointed with the league’s ruling pertaining to Tyler Sash’s suspension for testing positive for Adderall. As the policy stands right now there is little or no latitude for the league to interpret special circumstances as there was in this case and apply common sense for the obvious pure intentions of Tyler’s need for medical care," Bechta said.
Because Sash's positive test occurred in the offseason, both he and Bechta point to the timing as proof that it wasn't used to gain any sort of edge on the field.
“This is a young man who has done everything right, and who had never failed a test for any illegal substance or performance enhancing substance in his career, including college. He has been a good citizen, a good teammate, and has never troubled anyone.”
Due to this suspension, Sash will lose $109,000 of his $465,000 salary in 2012.
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