DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) — Orlando Scandrick’s agent tells 105.3 The Fan that his client did not use PEDs, but instead tested positive for a banned substance after taking a “recreational drug” in Mexico in April.
News broke Monday night that Scandrick has been suspended for four games for testing positive for a banned substance.
Scandrick’s agent, Ron Slavin, joined Shan & RJ Tuesday morning to explain the situation.
“It was a recreational drug that he had taken when he was on vacation in Mexico back in April,” said Slavin. “If it’s anything, it would not ever help an athlete. When it’s all said and done, it’s a fast-acting stimulant that, the affects afterward make you tired, make you lose your appetite. It’s not a good thing.”
Slavin emphasized that his client never took a performance enhancing drug. But he also admitted that his client made a poor decision in taking an unknown drug off a street vendor.
“Unfortunately, with recreational street drugs, it’s not like you’re getting a label at a Walgreen’s showing what ingredients are in the drug you are taking.”
Slavin believes that the NFL’s substance abuse policy is improperly constructed. Instead of penalizing players who are actually cheating the game, athletes like Scandrick are forced to sit out. According to Slavin, his client isn’t alone.
“Like I said, 25 to 30 guys are thinking the same thing that Orlando and I are thinking today. They’re getting suspended four games for things that have nothing to do with PEDs.”
Slavin says that Scandrick is a first-time offender and has never tested positive for a banned substance in his seven prior years in the NFL.
His message to Cowboys fans”
“Orlando is sorry. He made a mistake. He’s owned up to it.”
Scandrick released the following statement on Tuesday:
“I would like to apologize to my children, my family, the Jones Family, my coaches, my teammates and my fans. Failing a drug test is far out of my character, and although I never knowingly took a performance enhancing drug/banned stimulant while on vacation in Mexico, I take full responsibility for what goes in my body and more importantly for the embarrassment of a failed drug test. It’s my goal by issuing this statement to clear my name and more importantly to be judged by what happens to me in the future. I hope that my family, my Cowboys football family and all my fans can forgive me for this situation. I look forward to a successful 2014 season.”
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