Yesterday we brought you the story in which Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman told the Vancouver Sun that half the NFL takes Adderall, and it shouldn’t be a banned substance.
The NFL subsequently issued a statement on Sherman’s statement, and quickly blasted him, saying his comment were ill-informed and irresponsible.
Sherman appeared on NFL AM this morning, and according to Pro Football Talk, claims “he was misquoted, and has never taken Adderall.”
“I didn’t say that,” Sherman said. “It’s just another case of these writers trying to gain a little notoriety in an interview. What I said was, There’s a bunch of guys in the league on prescription for Adderall, so what — you know, I’ve never seen people get prescribed a performance-enhancing drug, you know what I mean? So I don’t understand, you know, what everybody is so — you know, they go so crazy about it when some of these guys test positive for it, but a bunch of guys have prescriptions for it, so it’s, like, you know, kind of misleading.”
Sherman was then asked where the quote about half the league takes Adderall came from.
“I didn’t say half, I said a bunch of guys, and then he went with whatever he went with, but that’s the way I put it,” Sherman said.
He then again denied ever using the prescribed medication, and couldn’t understand why anyone would use it as a performance enhancer.
“I’m not sure. I’ve never taken it,” Sherman said. “So I’m not sure. From what I’ve learned from this whole case and everything, it somehow, like, slows, slows it down, for people that are sped up, like, ADHD, apparently the guys are too sped up, and, you know, there are breaks in their attention, that the Adderall kind of bridges the breaks in their attention and allows them to stay focused on one thing at a time.”