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Jordan Black: ‘I Have Never Used Any Drug To Gain A Competitive Advantage’
Jordan Black attempted to clear up the circumstances surrounding his four-game suspension on Tuesday by granting multiple interviews and starting a Twitter page to plead his innocence.
“Any report that associates me with ‘doping’ is an outright lie!” Black, a Washington Redskins offensive tackle, wrote in the first of five posts on the web site Tuesday afternoon. “I have never used any drug to gain a competitive advantage. The NFL, the Redskins, and team doctors have been aware of my diagnosis from the beginning. This is about prescription medication prescribed to me by my doctor and is NOT a steroid.”
Numerous sources told The Free Lance-Star on Monday that Black was suspended for a positive test for an amphetamine. In an appeal that lasted much of the season, Black argued he was taking medication that had been previously approved by the NFL, which he confirmed in an interview with team-owned ESPN 980 Radio on Tuesday afternoon.
Those people, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the nature of the subject, said Black was taking a medication for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder. One such medication used to treat the disorder is Adderall, which is a substance the NFL does not approve for use.
“I gave the NFL the prescriptions I received for it,” Black told the radio station. “They’ve known about the diagnosis. They’ve had their own doctors confirm the diagnosis multiple times. I’ve seen more doctors than you can even imagine about this very case that we’re talking about. But in the appeals process, it just doesn’t matter.”
Black said he alerted league officials of the situation prior to last season, at which point they approved his use of the medication without requiring an appeal. When he was signed by the Redskins on July 30, he and his representatives immediately set out to make the situation again known to the league to avoid any potential repercussions.
“I wanted to make sure everything was squared away, so this exact situation wouldn’t happen,” he said.
Black also posted a photo of himself on a scale that showed a weight of 275.2 pounds. Though he is listed as 6-foot-5 and 305 pounds by the Redskins, Black said in an interview on that he hasn’t weighed that much since he reported to training camp in New Orleans prior to last season.
Though he expected to have to return to a playing weight of 300 pounds when he signed with the Redskins in July and planned to do so by embarking on a 5,000-calorie-a-day diet, he never gained more than five pounds.
Relegated to a role on special teams nearly all of the season, Black played right tackle in the Redskins’ 38-21 victory over Cleveland on Sunday because Tyler Polumbus left the game after sustaining a concussion.