Aug 2, 2013 5:04 PM by Bill Halter
Former Cal Poly cornerback Asa Jackson has been suspended without pay for the first eight games of the regular season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances for a second time. Jackson, in his second season with the Baltimore Ravens received a four-game suspension as a rookie for the same reason. This suspension is for eight games because it's his second violation.
Jackson gave this explanation to the Baltimore Sun:
"I was diagnosed with a condition that can be treated with a medication allowed under the NFL/NFLPA policy after a player obtains a therapeutic use exemption. I now have the required approval, but the positive test occurred before it was approved. The policy is very strict, so I have chosen to be immediately accountable," Jackson said.
"I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches, and Ravens fans. I look forward to working hard in training camp and preseason, training hard during the discipline period and contributing to the team immediately upon my return."
The Baltimore Sun reports that both positive tests were for the banned substance adderall which is a drug prescribed to people with attention deficit disorder but also believed to give a athletic performance advantage. After last years positive test Jackson said he has attention deficit disorder and was taking the drug for that. On his Twitter account Friday, Jackson wrote this in response to the second suspension:
"I know the #ravennation is real disappointed in me right now, but it isn't what you think. I was prescribed medicine for my ADD, but our Team dr quit and never turned in my paperwork. Although I am responsible for what is in my body, this is just a bad situation that wasnt really my fault. But I do take responsibility for it, and will face the consequences. Love y'all always and I look forward to ballin this Preseason and when I get back week 9. Stay up #ravennation !"
Drafted in the fifth round out of Cal Poly, Jackson played in three games last season for the Super Bowl champions. He made one special teams tackle. Jackson was a dynamic punt returner and cornerback for four seasons at Cal Poly, ammassing 199 tackles and eight interceptions while earning all Great West Conference first team honors four times.
Jackson will be eligible to return to the active roster November 4th after the team's game against Cleveland on November 3rd. He is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.
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