Richard Sherman says he didn't say the thing he said (USA Today Sports Images)
“About half the league takes it and the league has to allow it," Sherman told the Vancouver Sun on Tuesday. "The league made a mistake in my case. Obviously, I didn’t do anything, but you have to go through a process to prove you didn’t do anything. There are still naysayers out there who don’t believe me. But I accept it. If everybody loves you, it probably means you’re not much of a player."
Sherman paid a visit to the "NFL AM" program on the NFL Network and said that he was misquoted by a reporter who was out to make a name for himself.
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"First off, I didn't say that," Sherman said (via Kevin Patra of NFL.com). "It's just another case of these writers trying to gain a little notoriety in an interview. What I said was there's a bunch of guys on prescription for Adderall. I've never seen people get prescribed a performance-enhancing drug, you know what I mean?...They go so crazy when guys test positive for it, but a bunch of guys have prescriptions for it, so it's kind of misleading."
The Vancouver Sun stood by the report from Mike Beamish, who the paper notes is in his fifth decade covering sports at the paper.
In addition to publicly supporting their veteran reporter, the paper posted the video of the exchange and provided a transcript of the conversation between Sherman and Beamish, who thinks the All-Pro cornerback was using hyperbole to minimize the issue.
"Hyperbole is what it was. I don't think he literally meant that 50 percent of NFL players use Adderall. But a lot of them do use it, Sherman implied," Beamish said on Thursday. "It was an attempt, however, to minimize the severity of the issue."
Sherman continued to beat the "I was misquoted" drum on his Twitter page.
"Falsely accused, misquoted almost every interview lol still waiting on my apologies. But I guess ignorance doesn't apologize," Sherman wrote. "My career is gonna be tough to watch for haters...I love it.... #embracethehate... Supporters.... Enjoy the show!"
Sherman's entertaining offseason continues on Thursday night as he will be throwing out the first pitch prior to the Seattle Mariners' home game against the Texas Rangers.
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