Free agent defensive end Dion Jordan is facing a 10-game suspension for violating the NFL’s PED policy by taking Adderall. Jordan spoke about the punishment with NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero today.
The No. 3 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft has been cleared to use Adderall in the past as treatment for ADHD, but his therapeutic use exemption (TUE) had expired when he used it in December and January. In the past, Jordan has been suspended for PEDs and also served a 15-month ban for repeated violations of the league’s substance abuse policy as well.
However, he insists he hasn’t used recreational drugs or alcohol since March 2017 and isn’t dwelling on his latest suspension.
“I made a mistake,” Jordan told Pelissero. “I feel like the person that I am, I’m ready to move forward, I’ve been ready to move forward, with this specific issue. I’ve been working really hard with myself outside of football, and I can see the progress as a young man, as Dion Jordan, I can see it.
“My whole lifestyle — it’s been a 180-degree change. I f–ked up, man. I can’t fix this s–t. It is what it is. But I know what I can’t do and what not to do compared to the mistakes I’ve made in the past.”
Dion Jordan is being suspended 10 games for violating the PED policy by taking Adderall. But the former No. 3 overall draft pick tells me he remains committed to his sobriety, and football. https://t.co/fymyp2J1wv
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 14, 2019
Jordan played in 12 games with the Seahawks last season, starting three. He recorded 22 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
Jordan’s agent Doug Hendrickson said “eight to 10 teams” reached out with interest in signing his client and all knew about potential discipline.
Most likely, someone will give Jordan another shot, even though he will have to miss most of the 2019 season.