Tyler Sash suspended for four games

The NFL suspended New York Giants safety Tyler Sash for four games without pay for violating the NFL performance enhancing drug policy. Sash is eligible to return after the Giants' Sept. 30 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Sash was drafted in the fourth round last season out of Iowa. He recorded 17 tackles last season. Sash issued a statement that he took a prescription drug, Adderall.

"I took a prescription drug (Adderall) legally under a doctor's care for an anxiety condition during the offseason in March of this year," Sash said. "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."

Agent Jack Bechta issued the following statement:

"I am extremely disappointed with the league's ruling pertaining to Tyler Sash's suspension for testing positive for Adderall. As the policy stands right now there is little or no latitude for the league to interpret special circumstances as there was in this case and apply common sense for the obvious pure intentions of Tyler's need for medical care.

"It is obvious from the timing of the positive test that Tyler's intent was not to gain any advantage of performance enhancement as there are zero physical or competitive requirements of him for anything during the month of March."

"Unfortunately, like many NFL players have experienced, the appeal process is usually an exercise in futility. After a passionate explanation during the appeal of the circumstances involved, the NFL ultimately denied the appeal. This is a young man who has done everything right, and who had never failed a test for any illegal substance or performance enhancing substance in his career, including college. He has been a good citizen, a good teammate, and has never troubled anyone. For players who came into the league in a lockout year and were rushed through the process of being prepared to play, in my eyes were at a distinct disadvantage to the educational process offered to rookies about the protocol for obtaining exemptions for specific prescriptions."

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