Richard Sherman went to Stanford. This would seem to suggest he's smart, or at least smarter than the average football player. And you would certainly hope he's smarter than a recent story by Mike Garafolo of USA Today gives him credit for, which claimed Monday that Sherman's planned defense for the four-game Adderall suspension he's reportedly facing is to claim he accidentally drank the banned substance from a water bottle of a teammate who has a prescription to use the ADHD drug.
According to Garafolo's initial story, citing an unnamed "person informed of Sherman's explanation," (and a similar account by NFL Networks' Ian Rapoport), the Hawks' cornerback is expected to make such a claim during the appeal process, though the account was called into question by a series of tweets and a story on Profootballtalk.com by KJR's Curtis Crabtree late in the day Monday.
According to USA Today:
The person, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because neither Sherman nor his agent have discussed the details of the case publicly, said Sherman says he accidentally drank from a bottle into which a teammate poured a crushed Adderall pill. The person said the teammate is permitted to take the drug under NFL rules because he has a prescription.
Sherman's agent, Kevin Poston, declined to comment on the specifics of the appeal when asked Monday afternoon. When presented with the accidental-ingestion scenario, Poston said: "What appears is not always the case. Hopefully, when the facts come out, justice will prevail."
If that's Sherman's planned defense, it's obviously incredibly dumb. For starters, people prescribed Adderall for legitimate purposes rarely crush the drug up and drink it in water.
The good news for Hawks fans -- at least those hoping for Sherman's redemption -- is, according to KJR's Curtis Crabtree, the cornerback says the USA Today story is total bunk.
In a series of texts, Richard Sherman just denied the USA Today account of the events leading to his positive test.— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) November 27, 2012
Sherman said "It's totally false" after reading the account.— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) November 27, 2012
Let's hope so.