Julian Edelman was suspended 4 games from the NFL for “violating the leagues substance abuse policy”. I put that in air quotes because it’s now determined that the NFL has no idea what Edelman had in his system but suspended him anyways.
According to Albert Brewer of SI.com, Edelman’s result was triggered by a substance that wasn’t immediately recognizable, and the drug testers are still analyzing it.
How can you suspend a player without even identifying what the “substance” was? Maybe it was some voodoo concoction that Guerrero mixed up of Flintstone vitamins. At this point, it doesn’t surprise me that the NFL has no clue what’s going on but they’ll default to the suspension because that’s what they do. How does it make any sense to suspend someone while the sample is still being analyzed. It makes zero sense, but this is par for the course for the NFL.
Breer added that Edelman’s test took place a couple months ago, during the offseason. That means that whatever substance he tested positive for, it wasn’t a stimulant like Adderall. Use of stimulants in the regular season is considered a performance-enhancing substance issue, but during the offseason it’s considered a substance abuse issue. So who the hell knows.