Browns CB Joe Haden faces suspension for Adderall -- wait, Adderall is a banned substance?
Hold on -- Adderall is a banned substance? Adderall is a prescription psychostimulant used to treat Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and narcolepsy. It's basically like Ritalin, but a little more potent. Once time I had a first date end in the emergency room 'cause I got the girl drunk while she was using Adderall. Long story.
Multiple sources have confirmed to ESPNCleveland.com that Haden tested positive for Adderall. Apparently, yes -- Adderall is on the NFL's list of banned substances, because it's a stimulant. Saints placekicker Garrett Hartley, Cardinals tight end Ben Patrick, and Giants safety Tyler Sash have all served previous four-game suspensions for testing positive for Adderall. Giants running back Andre Brown was also suspended for Adderall, but won his appeal and missed no games.
This does not necessarily mean Haden will actually be suspended for four games. This means that he's been informed that his sample tested positive, but that sample will undergo a second test. If the second test comes up positive, he will be suspended four games -- but he can appeal.
Joe Haden has been well-beloved in Cleveland since being drafted, and is a regular at Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavaliers games. He has attended the NBA Draft Lottery as part of the Cleveland contingent for the last two years. As you can see from the photo to the right, Haden has also attended Cavaliers games on Anderson Varejao wig night.
This is bad, bad news for the Browns. They already figure to be missing four starters on defense when the season opens September 9. Linebacker Scott Fujita starts the year on suspension for his role in the Saints bounty scandal, lineman Phil Taylor has a torn pectoral muscle, and linebacker Chris Gocong is out for the year with a tron Achilles tendon.
Oh, and their No. 1 draft pick Trent Richardson is already looking at knee surgery.
Browns fans, looks like you picked the wrong week to stop doing Adderall.