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NFL Suspends Cleveland Browns' Brian Tyms
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FT. LAUDERDALE, FL., April 28th, 2014 – Former Cleveland Brown and Florida A&M Receiver, Brian Tyms was suspended by the NFL for a violating the league’s substance abuse policy regarding banned substances. The league report failed to mention the facts about the violation, which stems from a failed drug test where Mr. Tyms tested positive after taking an Adderall pill.
Having been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyper-active Disorder (ADHD), Mr. Tyms failed the test prior to obtaining a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) from league doctors, which would allow Mr. Tyms to take the prescribed medication without violating the league’s drug policy. After failing the test, Mr. Tyms was subsequently approved for the TUE. Unfortunately, the league does not allow TUE’s to apply retroactively.
In a statement released through his agent, Mr. Tyms stated, “I am disappointed in the system, but I am more disappointed in myself. Although I need the medication and the league approved me to take it, I made a mistake and should have waited for the approval before taking the medication. I apologize to my family and friends who have supported me; and especially to my fans and the Cleveland Browns organization. I may no longer be a Brown, but I will pay the price for my mistake and be back in the NFL, better than ever… that’s a promise.”
Tyms, who will be suspended for the first 4 weeks of the NFL season, was released after the Cleveland Browns were notified of the suspension. However, in the event Tyms is picked up by another team, he is eligible to participate in all off season training sessions (OTA’s), mini-camps, training camp and pre-season games.