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1 of 6 Full Screen Autoplay Close Skip Ad × Experts weigh in on the NFL’s Week 1 controversy, with Dr. James Andrews and a special guest View Photos ESPN analyst and former NFL player James Andrews joins The MMQB to discuss the latest developments from the NFL season.
The MMPhillips podcast is hosted by Dr. Jim Andrews, a professor of neurology and neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Andrews is the author of “Cognitive Dysfunction in Alzheimer’s Disease: A Review.”
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2 of 6 View Photos The NFL has released a statement regarding the suspension of Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, citing the “personal nature” of the allegations against him.
In a statement released Tuesday, the league said the league had learned of the charges, which include assault, sexual battery and rape, in which Lynch was accused of “repeatedly raping a female victim.”
“In the course of this investigation, we have learned that a Seattle Seahawk player has been arrested and charged in the sexual battery of a woman in the Seattle area, which is extremely serious and concerning,” the statement said.
“This is not just a football issue.
It is a matter of justice.
Our hearts go out to the victim, and we have already made a decision to terminate his contract and suspend him from the team.
Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult time.”
3 of 6 The NFL released a brief statement Monday saying, “The Seattle Seahawks Football Club takes these allegations extremely seriously.
We have been in contact with the Seattle Police Department and the Seattle County District Attorney’s Office to address these matters, and our thoughts and support are with the victim’s family.”
4 of 6 In a separate statement, the NFL said, “While the allegations are now in the hands of the Seattle Seahawks and the District Attorney, the Seahawks remain in the process of evaluating the situation.”
5 of 6 Former NFL star Marsha the Hawk was suspended for five games by the league for violating the league’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs.
The NFL said in a statement that Lynch was a free agent when he was arrested on Dec. 2 and was charged with the sexual assault of a female in January.
“We are in the midst of an internal investigation that is currently under way by the NFL and the NFLPA, and no further comment will be made at this time,” the NFL statement said in its statement.
6 of 6 Related: The NFL’s new policy against enhancing performance-related drugs will not impact players The NFL announced in March that it would be launching a three-year ban on the use of performance-improving drugs.
It said it would continue to impose the same restrictions in 2017.
The policy is expected to come into effect in 2018.
The league said at the time that players who took performance- enhancing drugs before their 2016 season could return to the league as long as they showed evidence of having stopped using the substances by the time of the league-imposed suspension in 2019.
A review of more than 1,000 cases from the 2014 season, the last season for which data was available, showed that there were 10 players arrested in a single year for allegedly using performance-boosting drugs.
Of those, five were arrested in 2018 and two in 2019, and the remaining two players were arrested the following year.
The most common performance-inducing drugs were: methamphetamine, amphetamines, stimulants, cocaine, cannabis, and phencyclidine.
More than half the players involved in the 2016 season tested positive for amphetaminics and more than 30 percent of the players tested positive.
The average age of those arrested was 24.
The NFL released its 2017 performance-booster policy in June, and it remains in effect.
The new policy says that players may only be suspended for a minimum of three games for each of the three first- and second-time violations, and up to a maximum of three additional games if the player’s career is at or below 100 percent, a team’s cumulative postseason record, the player has played in more than 100 games or the player is on a team that has been to the Super Bowl in the past five years,