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Richard Sherman says 'half the league' takes Adderall

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Richard Sherman made a controversial Adderall statement in Vancouver recently. (USATSI)
Sherman says 'about half the league' takes Adderall. (USATSI)

Richard Sherman is one of the most talented players in the NFL. He's also one of the more outspoken. So it's not a huge surprise that he would be the guy who says something like "half the league takes" Adderall.

Which is precisely what he said to the Vancouver Sun while visiting Cambridge Elementary in Surrey as part of the PLAY 60 program.

"About half the league takes it [Adderall], and the league has to allow it,” Sherman said Tuesday. "The league made a mistake in my case. Obviously, I didn't do anything, but you have to go through a process to prove you didn't do anything. There are still naysayers out there who don't believe me. But I accept it. If everybody loves you, it probably means you're not much of a player."

(Quick aside: can we lament briefly that one sound bite in a longer story about Sherman doing charity work with kids getting all the attention? Yes, I know I'm not helping things at all. But I can still lament, right?)

Sherman's statement sounds shocking, doesn't it? A phrase like "half the league" will stir the ol' pot. And he's probably going to regret saying it in the long run because people are going to really start sniffing around the issue now, wondering if it's an epidemic within the NFL.

Maybe it is. Fifty percent of anything, by definition, is a lot. But if that was really the case, barring a heavy number of NFL players having a league-cleared prescription for the drug, you'd think we'd be seeing more suspensions than we have.

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