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Morning links: Sherman says half the NFL takes Adderall

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman continued to lend his hand with community-oriented projects during the offseason. His latest outing included a visit to Cambridge elementary school north of the border in Surrey, British Columbia for the NFL’s Play 60 program.

But along the way, Sherman can’t seem to avoid stirring the pot. Buried at the bottom of this story by Mike Beamish of the Vancouver Sun, Sherman talked about getting his positive test for the banned substance Adderall reversed through an NFL appeal process last season.

“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.”

Of course, the league would strongly disagree with Sherman’s statement, noting the rigid drug testing process all players must adhere to during the regular season. Specifically, this is the same drug testing program that ensnared Seattle teammates Brandon Browner and Winston Guy for taking a similar drug. So it seems unlikely that nearly half the league is taking some type of illegal, performance-enhancing stimulate and getting away with it.

Once again, it’s unfortunate that Sherman’s good deeds continue to be overshadowed by his inability to self-edit what he says during interviews.

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