The drug that landed the pro bowl defensive tackle in such hot water? Adderall, a stimulant that is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and sometimes narcolepsy. By taking the drug Ngata violated league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
Ngata made a statement about his suspension saying:
I took Adderall and take full responsibility for doing this. I am deeply sorry and broken up over this. I let down my family, my teammates, Ravens fans and myself. My hope is that the Ravens make the playoffs, and I believe they can do this. And, then I can come back and help us win.
Some are a tad upset over the suspension of Ngata. Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun wrote:
Please, someone tell me this is some kind of practical joke... I was so shocked when I read the news release this morning that I went and checked the Chinese calendar to see if this is the Year of the Idiot... OK, so I'm being a little insensitive about the scourge of ADHD in our society, but Ngata is a veteran professional football player who works in a facility that has more doctors and trainers hanging around than the Cleveland Clinic. If he needed something to help him focus or get some kind of energy boost, there's probably something legal that would help enough to keep him on the field and off the league's suspended list.
The use of Adderall jumped in 2012 with over 70 percent increase compared to 2011.
What do you think of players using Adderall as a performance enhancement drug? Should Ngata have been suspended that long? Let us know in the comments section.