On Sunday, FOXSports.com's Jay Glazer and Alex Marvez accurately reported
that Georgia Tech running back Jonathan Dwyer and USC tight end Anthony McCoy would be named on the confidential list of draft prospects who had
failed a drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. And they also
shared information that indicated that Dwyer's positive test was triggered
by a prescription drug that the star running back has NFL clearance to use,
while McCoy's issue was linked to marijuana use.
What's truly unfortunate and unfair to Dwyer is that in today's
fast-paced world, some media outlets and fans who repeat the news via the
internet and social media only focus on the headlines, not the details.
Dwyer's agent, Adisa Bakari, told Scout.com this morning
that all 32 NFL teams were notified by letter prior to the Combine that
Dwyer would likely fail the drug test due to a prescribed medication that
typically provides a positive result for an amphetamine-like substance, even
though it's a prescribed drug that is used to treat a not-uncommon medical
Bakari also provided Scout.com with a letter that was also
recently sent to all 32 NFL teams, copying Dr. Lawrence Brown, the NFL
Medical Advisor for Substance Abuse and Dr. John Lombardo, the NFL
Independent Administrator of the NFL Policy and Procedure for Anabolic
Steroids and Related Substances. In that letter, Bakari points out that,
"Jonathan is in full compliance with NFL policies relating to banned
substances" and that information was provided to both NFL doctors by Dwyer's
personal physician to confirm that he qualified for a Therapeutic Use
Exemption. "We received email confirmation to that effect from Dr. Lombardo
on April 6, 2010," Bakari states in the letter.
"Jonathan's been treated for this medical condition since the fifth
grade, so it should be obvious that this isn't a drug abuse issue or a
violation of the league's policy on banned substances," Dwyer's agent told
Bakari said that in the most recent letter that was sent to all 32 teams,
he also attached the letter from Dwyer's personal physician that was
submitted to the NFL doctors to confirm that Dwyer qualified for the
Therapeutic Use Exemption.
Based on Dwyer's full disclosure to clubs about his medical condition
both before and after the Combine, this public disclosure through the media
isn't going to impact his draft stock--regardless of what some media outlets
or snippets by fans and sportswriters on Twitter and Facebook might infer.
Wherever teams had him slotted on their draft boards a week ago was already
determined with the knowledge of Dwyer's medical condition in-hand.
The former Georgia Tech running back rushed for more than 2,700 yards
over the past two seasons and logged seventeen 100-yard rushing performances
during his three-year collegiate career. He was the ACC Player of the Year
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