Orlando Scandrick Suspended After Popping Molly With Draya
Rucuss staffAugust 13, 2014
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has been suspended after testing positive for drugs.
And Scandrick is blaming his ex-girlfriend Draya Michele for it. ESPNreports Scandrick tested positive for Ecstasy or Molly. The cornerback failed a surprise mandatory drug test in April just days after returning from Mexico with Draya.
A ESPN source said the violation occurred while Scandrick was vacationing in Mexico with Draya. Scandrick claimed she persuaded him to add a substance he didn’t realize was on the banned list into a cocktail they were drinking.
Due to the violation of the NFL’s drug policy, the league has suspended Scandrick for four games. He will lose $1 million in salary and a signing bonus repayment.
In a released statement, Orlando takes full responsibility for his actions, but claims he didn’t knowingly take the drug:
“I would like to apologize to my children, my family, the Jones family, my coaches, my teammates and my fans. Failing a drug test is far out of my character, and although I never knowingly took a performance-enhancing drug/banned stimulant while on vacation in Mexico, I take full responsibility for what goes in my body and more importantly for the embarrassment of a failed drug test. It’s my goal by issuing this statement to clear my name and more importantly to be judged by what happens to me in the future.
“I hope that my family, my Cowboys football family and all my fans can forgive me for this situation. I look forward to a successful 2014 season.”
Draya denies giving Scandrick the ‘molly.’ She defended herself on Twitter.
“Sources” say I drugged this man ….. People have written statements taking responsibility for their actions …. Never once blaming me,” Draya wrote. “I’m not to blame …. I’ve been supporting him since April when this happened. And I will continue to support him.
If someone says to you “all you care about is your image” …. Be careful, they might try to ruin it. It was so easy in the past to tarnish my own name, and I work hard every day trying to make better choices to clean that up.”
Scandrick will be eligible to return to the active roster on Sept. 29. Scandrick also can participate in all preseason practices and games
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