Please, someone tell me this is some kind of practical joke.
Pro Bowl defensive lineman Haloti Ngata has tested positive for Adderall and is going to miss the last month of the regular season. What, was he wearing his WWCDD (What would Chris Davis Do?) bracelet and just could not resist the temptation to find out whether the NFL was still paying attention to performance-enhancing drugs while it was trying to wriggle out of the Ray Rice situation?
This is simply amazing. I was so shocked when I read the news release this morning that I went and checked the Chinese calendar to see if this is the Year of the Idiot.
I certainly don't have to remind anyone that Davis tested positive for Adderall and was suspended for most of September and -- as it turned out -- all of the playoffs after he gave into temptation and took Adderall without the necessary league exemption. So, you've got to wonder if Ngata just doesn't read the papers or he saw the Davis story and thought -- "Jeez, that stuff must be pretty good if Chris Davis would take a stupid gamble like that."
OK, so I'm being a little insensitive about the scourge of ADHD in our society, but Ngata is a veteran professional football player who works in a facility that has more doctors and trainers hanging around than the Cleveland Clinic. If he needed something to help him focus or get some kind of energy boost, there's probably something legal that would help enough to keep him on the field and off the league's suspended list.
Maybe a couple of Monster Energy drinks and, sorry, some Royal Farms chicken. That's always been my definition of The Breakfast of Champions.
Now, the Ravens are just that much less likely to make the playoffs. Ngata is going to be allowed to take part if they get there, but their postseason hopes were questionable even before this latest stupid player trick.