Sources: Jordan Black’s Suspension Related To Prescribed Medication
Washington Redskins offensive lineman Jordan Black was suspended by the NFL on Monday after a lengthy appeal regarding his use of a prescribed medication, according to several people familiar with the situation.
Black, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound tackle, had been taking a medication for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder prior to his signing with the Redskins on July 30, one person said. All requested they not be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter.
The NFL initially approved Black’s use of the substance, but later ruled its use was in violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Black was out of the league for much of last season and was days away from filing his retirement paperwork when he agreed to a one-year contract with Washington.
Black, 32, is in his seventh full season in the NFL after being drafted out of Notre Dame by Kansas City in 2003. A regular on the Redskins’ placekicking protection unit this season, he played 43 of 75 offensive snaps at right tackle after Tyler Polumbus sustained a concussion in Washington’s 38-21 victory at Cleveland on Sunday.
Black and his representatives had been negotiating with the league on the player’s use of the drug for much of the season before his appeal was denied.
Black’s agent, Vann McElroy, did not return a message seeking comment Monday night. A Redskins spokesman said Monday night that he was not aware of the specifics regarding Black’s suspension and he could not comment.
Multiple players, including Redskins cornerback Cedric Griffin, have been suspended this season for their use of Adderall, which is technically an amphetamine used often in treating the disorder because it improves focus and energy. Whether Black was prescribed Adderall or another similar stimulant is unclear.
Several Redskins offensive linemen came to Black’s defense on Twitter on Monday night, posting messages supporting him and vilifying the NFL. They collectively made the decision to take his case public.
“I really hate to [see] Jordan labeled as doper/cheater when that’s [definitely] not the case,” left tackle Trent Williams, one of the Redskins’ offensive captains, wrote. “After the last decade he spent contributing to this league … And to see Jordan get screwed over is really disheartening. [I’m shaking my head]. Total disgrace.”
Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger, through his wife’s Twitter account, said the idea that Black used performance-enhancing drugs is “ridiculous.” Rookie lineman Josh LeRibeus wrote Black “isn’t the doper he’s accused of being.”
“Jordan Black’s suspension is a faux attempt by the NFL to appear to care about players safety,” right guard Chris Chester wrote. “He’s getting screwed over paperwork.”