STATEMENT BY NFL
Tyler Sash of the New York Giants has been suspended without pay for the team's first four games of the 2012 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
Sash will be eligible to return to the Giants' active roster on Monday, October 1 following the team's September 30 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Sash is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.
TYLER SASH STATEMENT
"I took a prescription drug (Adderall) legally under a doctor's care for an anxiety condition during the off season in March of this year. The purpose was to help me with public speaking appearances. I had no idea that this prescription drug was banned by NFL policy. Although I take full responsibility for this situation, I also want to state that I have never cheated or taken performance-enhancing drugs, and I frown on those who do. I am highly disappointed by the league's decision in this matter, but I will continue to do my best on and off the field. From this point on, I will be more conscientious about every single thing I put in my body. Once again, I want to reiterate that I have never been and will never be associated in any way with performance-enhancing drugs. The timing of this positive test was March 2012, a time during which there is no physical performance required of me. I hope this explanation reinforces my innocence and shows that my intentions were pure."