Washington Redskins offensive linemen have taken to Twitter to defend suspended teammate Jordan Black.
The NFL announced Monday afternoon that Black – a Redskins free agent signing during training camp – had been suspended four games without pay for the use of performance enhancing drugs.
Black’s agent William Vann McElroy didn’t immediately respond to e-mail and voice messages left for him on Monday evening, and the Redskins had no official comment aside from forwarding on the league’s statement on Black’s punishment. A team spokesman said that coach Mike Shanahan would address the issue at his press conference on Wednesday.
But Black’s fellow linemen indicate that Black’s suspension is in relation to a prescription drug that he has been taking, and that that they believe he is being punished unjustly.
Rookie guard/center Josh LeRibeus tweeted: “Don’t trust everything you hear about Jordan Black. I know for a fact he isn’t the doper he’s accused of being.”
Veteran guard Chris Chester tweeted: “Jordan Black’s suspension is a faux attempt by the nfl to appear to care about players safety(cont). He’s getting screwed over paperwork.”
Chester added: “I understand your skepticism but J Black been prescribed this drug for the last decade.”
Left tackle Trent Williams tweeted: “I really hate to c Jordan labeled as doper/cheater when that’s def not the case. After the last decade he spent contributing to this league. … And to see Jordan get screwed over is really disheartening SMDH total disgrace”
Rookie Tom Compton chimed in: “Jordan Black is no doper. Very unfortunate to see him labeled as one.”
As part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the NFL cannot disclose what Black, or any other player that fails a drug test, has been suspended for. This year, multiple players, including Redskins cornerback Cedric Griffin, have allegedly been suspended for the use of Adderall, which is prescribed to individuals with ADD and ADHD. Those who take it and don’t have either condition are said to receive a boost in focus and energy.