On Thursday, Ravens DT Haloti Ngata was given a four-game suspension without payment, and sportsbook software services hope that the team as a whole won’t be set back due to his ban from the game.
Ngata broke the league’s rules after he took a drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and the DE won’t be able to play for the rest of the regular season, but the NFL said that he could feature for the team if they make it to the playoffs.
The Ravens released a statement where Ngata said that he took Adderall, a drug that is used to treat ADHD.
“I made a mistake, and I own this,” said the player.
The player’s ban from the game is costing the Ravens one of their top players in defense as the team tries to get a spot in the playoffs. In the AFC North, the Ravens are 1.5 games behind Cincinnati, and they’re one out of six 7-5 NFL teams that are currently tied for second place for the wild card games.
“I am deeply sorry and broken up over this,” said Ngata. “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.”
This season, Ngata recorded two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and two sacks in 12 meetings. Timmy Jernigan – a very well-known rookie – will probably start for the player.
“We are disappointed with Haloti, but no more than he is with himself,” said Ozzie Newsome, general manager for the Ravens.
The league was worried about the rising use of Aderall, and the NFL’s drug tests don’t really distinguish between the drug and other amphetamines, which are used to help with stamina and concentration. Players who have an ADHD diagnosis are able to apply to use the drug for therapeutic purposes.
The NFL, under an agreement that they made with the NFLPA, does not identify what substance was used by a player if he is tested. Sportsbook software services know that before, those who got suspended put the blame on Adderall, but the league wasn’t able to deny or confirm if that was the reason for a player testing positive.
However, the league is now able to release information under a new agreement regarding drug usage to “correct inaccurate public claims made by that player or his representatives about the discipline.”
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