Update on Spikes Suspension

Derek Havens
December 11, 2010 at 04:32pm ET

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Reports came out this morning that Patriots rookie linebacker Brandon Spikes took medicine designed to combat attention deficit disorder. The amphetamines in the medicine, resulted with him testing positive for performance enhancers, a source confirmed Saturday.

Adderall or Ritalin are common drugs used in the treatment of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). These drugs contain amphetamines which are listed as a performance enhancer by the NFL. Although neither one of those is confirmed as of now.

Spikes explained his actions in a statement yesterday, “The substance was a medication that I should have gotten clarification on before taking,” Spikes said in a statement. “It was not a performance enhancer or an illegal drug. The integrity of the game is very important to me. I understand the league’s ruling and apologize to my teammates, the fans and the Patriots organization for this mistake."

I question his lack of judgment by not clarifying the substance with the NFL. I am disappointed with reports that have come out because this situation could have been easily avoided. I'll have more details as they come out.

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