Frankly, when he was drafted I had no idea what the Ravens saw in Thompson that made them take him in the 4th. Pre-draft he was pretty much universally pegged as an UDFA caliber player, and based on the very small amount of tape out there I didn't see anything special. Obviously they know WAY more than I do, but I have not been high on him and this is a big blow to his chance of being a contributor in 2013 and possibly beyond.
The starting safeties in 2013 are going to be Huff and the winner of an Ihedigbo/rookie camp battle. Thompson and Omar Brown will be the 4th and 5th safeties, and maybe not in that order.
The hardest part of this was that Thompson was penciled in to compete at SS more than FS...I've seen a good deal of FS targets in the draft, not as much on SS.
Ihedigbo will be good depth, but he's not thrilling me. Thompson won't be written off...but certainly is worrisome. And this isn't the first case of last year's draft class having an issue...Asa Jackson was suspended last year too.
No bother. I have the Ravens taking a SS or two in this draft.
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If I am not mistaken, this is not his first failed test. The first test is known in advance. At least, the vicinity in which it will be administered. If you fail that test, you are then administered random tests throughout the year. This time, he failed a random test.
There is no excuse for it. Even if it were for a medically prescribed substance, you can get it cleared by the league before taking it. If he didn't take the time to do that and failed the first test for the drug, failing again for the same substance would go beyond foolish, and that's if it's for something medically prescribed.
Now, you can see why John Harbaugh works so hard to weed out questionable characters and players with too much baggage. If you are a head coach, trying to implement a plan of action for your staff and players to help you win the Super Bowl, you don't have time to deal with this type of bullshit. Imagine if you were John Harbaugh and you had the LT to solidify this offense, or the young SS to develop behind this front seven. The next thing you know, sometimes showing up like they are hungover (McAlister), overweight (McKinney) or failing drug tests.
Adderal is on the PED banned list. If it was adderal, he would have been popped under the Performance Enhancing Drug program.
Substance abuse violations are for weed, coke, etc. and that's what he was flagged for.
If it was not performance enhancing it means it was a second failed test. If the Ravens believe that Thompson is SS of the future than this does not alter draft plans. You don't draft someone for 4 games.
Thing is, the stuff in weed like THC sticks to fat cells. So someone who is lazy, obese, and smokes weed all the time will take a long time to get clean. But if you have a high metabolism and are in good shape you could be a heavy daily smoker and pass in 30 days or less.
I don't think it's weed, but if it is and he knew about the test, he is a moron.
For the life of me I don't get the whole weed testing thing. It is certainly not a performance enhancing drug.
I am sure some stick in the mud will babble about how its illegal (ridiculous) and blah blah blah
Would I want Flacco hitting the bong Micheal Phelps style ...prob not. That said suspending them 4 games seems a bit goofy for the equivalent of having a beer.
If this is for weed, then its absolutely ridiculous.
What blows my mind is that anyone ever gets caught. In my disreputable past I was a habitual partaker of the Devil's tobacco and it literally only takes about 5 days to flush your system well enough to fool a urinalysis, even if you're a daily user.
Clean out kits containing diuretics are sold in head shops and believe it or not they work pretty well. Just stop smoking for a work week, and drink as much water and Gatorade as you can stomach while also popping those diuretics. You'll piss every 15 minutes but by day 6, it'll be clean at least 90% of the time.
If a guy can't lay a bong down for a week to get his piss clean, that doesn't bode well for him.