Giants S Tyler Sash was suspended for four games by the NFL for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Sash, a second-year player, said in a statement to reporters that the failed drug test was due to taking a prescription drug.
"I took a prescription drug (Adderall) legally under a doctor's care for an anxiety condition during the offseason in March of this year. The purpose was to help me with public speaking appearances," Sash said, according to the New Jersey Star Ledger. "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.”
Sash played in all 16 regular-season games last season and the team’s four playoff games, recording 17 tackles and one forced fumble. He led the Giants with 11 special-teams tackles.
Sash’s teammate, RB Andre Brown, successfully appealed his suspension in the spring for using Adderall.