New York Giants safety Tyler Sash has been suspended for the first four games of the NFL season due to performance enhancing drugs. Sash appeared in every game for the Giants last season and had his most productive game during the playoffs against the Atlanta Falcons registering five tackles. He had 17 tackles during the regular season.
Sash apparently took Adderall to treat anxiety. Adderall is a banned substance under NFL rules, which triggered the four game suspension. Sash didn’t know that this violated NFL rules.
Here is Sash’s statement:
““I took a prescription drug (Adderall) legally under a doctor’s care for an anxiety condition during the off season in March of this year. The purpose was to help me with public speaking appearances. I had no idea that this prescription drug was banned by NFL policy. Although I take full responsibility for this situation, I also want to state that I have never cheated or taken performance-enhancing drugs, and I frown on those who do. I am highly disappointed by the league’s decision in this matter, but I will continue to do my best on and off the field. From this point on, I will be more conscientious about every single thing I put in my body. Once again, I want to reiterate that I have never been and will never be associated in any way with performance-enhancing drugs. The timing of this positive test was March 2012, a time during which there is no physical performance required of me. I hope this explanation reinforces my innocence and shows that my intentions were pure.”
Sash was going to have a bigger role in the defense this year as they let Deon Grant go who remains unsigned. With this news, and the news yesterday of the ACL injury to Terrell Thomas, you have to believe Grant or another free agent will be brought in. Sash has already appealed the suspension and lost so he will sit out the first four games of the season.