Another day out of the year, another performance-enhancing drug test failure by an athlete. These incidents are more and more common, and only create ripples when a star player is implicated. The four-game suspension handed out to Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin for Adderall hardly registered outside the Pacific Northwest.
However, it is a disturbing trend for the Seahawks. Irvin is now the fifth Seahawk suspended for drug use since 2011, and cornerback Richard Sherman narrowly avoided being the sixth. Irvin, along with Allen Barbre, Brandon Browner, John Moffitt and Winston Guy, have created suspicion among fans on just how clean their team is.
Only the naive would believe that the Seahawks have the only group of players that boost their performance chemically. Football is a brutal sport and recovering quickly from injury is the difference between the playoffs and watching them from home, and the difference between a multi-million dollar contract, and a veteran's minimum. When the stakes are this high, players make use out of every advantage they can find.no comments no comments