The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will spend next weeks game against the Oakland Raiders without their top two cornerbacks as both have been suspended by the NFL for using the ADD drug Adderall. Aqib Talib is serving the final game of his four game suspension next Sunday while, barring a successful appeal, Eric Wright will be serving the first of his four game ban.
Both players were busted by the NFL using the drug Adderall, which is prescribed by doctors to people with ADD.
In case you’re wondering, or haven’t figured it out by now, the NFL isn’t too keen on players using the drug without a prescription or without being notified of use. It appears that both Talib and now Wright failed to either secure a proper doctors note or notify the league they were taking the drug.
This is the second time since signing a bloated contract this offseason that Wright has had a run-in with the league. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI back in the summer, but he avoided suspension from the league as the charges were quickly dropped. There was talk of cutting Wright then, but the Buccaneers have simply given him too much money.
But this latest brush with the NFL flies in the face of everything Greg Schiano is trying to establish in Tampa and at this point anything is possible. Not only is Aqib Talib suspended, but the guy who was supposed to be his contingency plan is also now facing the same exact suspension for the same exact violation.
Wright is in the first year of his deal with the Bucs while Talib is in his last, and both are in hot water with Greg Schiano. Wright’s suspension isn’t official as he’s going to appeal it, unlike Talib who admitted to and accepted his punishment. This could either delay or overturn the suspension altogether, but it’s hard to believe Wright will escape Roger Goodell’s long arm of punishment once again.