Originally posted by pwillis52beasty:
If they were taking steroids then why would it be reported they were taking Adderall? If an athlete is busted for steroids, it's going to get reported. They don't get an option to cover it up and preserve their image by saying they were busted for Adderall. I don't see how that would work. Unless the NFL is trying to save some face with less guys getting busted for steroids and they're the ones covering it up.
Actually what I bolded above is exactly what happens.
The NFL can't make any statement in regards to a drug test, whether a played failed for steroids or something else, the NFL can't release that information. Usually the player or his agent will make a statement, and no matter what they got dinged for, they will claim it was Adderall. That obfuscation works for both sides, it helps preserve both the NFL's and the player's reputations since Adderall is not remotely as controversial as steroids are.
Bottomline, the player can say they were busted for whatever they want to claim, and there is no other information that will be released to counter it, nor will the NFL come back to correct what a player has said. It is written into the new CBA.