On Wednesday, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin expressed his displeasure with the NFL suspending safety Tyler Sash for using prescription Adderall, even though it’s on the NFL’s list of banned performance enhancing drug’s.
“This kid really had no intention of doing anything that was illegal. I know what the definition of the rule is, and I understand all about that; I’ve been there myself . . . but you have to ask yourself, sometimes common sense needs to be involved,” Coughlin said.
“I feel bad for the kid,” Coughlin said. “He is a heart-and-soul football player; he takes everything that he has and puts it into the game. He loves to play. We used him in a very, very important role last year as a rookie, fullback on the punt team. So there’s no issue with this young man. He doesn’t need any watchdog over him. Ignorance is no excuse of the law, I understand; but he knows what is expected and he does it.”
I can’t argue with Coughlin’s point of view, even though I believe Sash should have had his doctor contact the NFL or consult when them before taking Adderall.
A few months back, Giants running back Andre Brown was also suspended for the first four games of the regular season for taking Adderall. He appealed his suspension and proved to the NFL that he had a prescription. They ended up dropping his suspension.