New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The NFL announced that it has suspended Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
According to league sources, Scandrick tested positive for MDMA, which is also known as Ecstasy or Molly. He became the 21st player of 104 suspended for performance-enhancing drugs to test positive for MDMA.
Sources said that the violation occurred while Scandrick was vacationing in Mexico with an ex-girlfriend, whom he has claimed persuaded him to add a substance he didn’t realize was on the banned list into a cocktail they were drinking.
Scandrick failed a drug test in April and appealed its findings. The league rendered its decision Monday. He will lose approximately $1 million through four missed game checks and a signing bonus repayment.
In a statement, Scandrick insisted he did not knowingly take a banned substance.
“I would like to apologize to my children, my family, the Jones family, my coaches, my teammates and my fans,” Scandrick said in the statement.
“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,” he added.
Scandrick said he “takes full responsibility for what goes in my body and more importantly for the embarrassment of a failed drug test”.