Molly is not on the NFL’s performance-enhancement drug (PED) list, but the Dallas Cowboys Orlando Scandrick should have known better than to take it since it contains amphetamines, which are on the list. After the announcement of his suspension, Scandrick admitted that the suspension was for testing positive for amphetamines–the result of recreational drug use–but he refused to say what drug it was. ESPN later reported that it was Molly.
When rappers rhyme about popping Mollies (and slipping them to people), they may or may not know that the actual drug they’re talking about is MDMA or 3, 4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine. Lately, pop culture has been referring to MDMA as Molly, but it’s the same basic ingredient that’s in the drug Ecstasy or “X”.
MDMA was patented by Merck pharmaceuticals way back in 1914, but no one seemingly thought much about it until the 1970s when therapists started administering it to patients. In the 80’s and 90’s it found popularity on the streets and in nightclubs. Known for inducing feelings of euphoria and diminished anxiety, Ecstasy became so popular and the demand for it so high by the end of the last century, that dealers often laced and cut it with other things like caffeine, aspirin or speed. As a result, X’s popularity waned.
But over the course of the last ten years, MDMA has made a comeback. Re-named Molly, this powder form of the drug was reportedly pure and uncut, unlike what ecstasy had become. It wasn’t long before it worked its way into rap music and gained instant popularity nationwide.
MDMA by itself would be considered a “drug of abuse” by the NFL and would not make Scandrick eligible for suspension, but with the amphetamine component, it becomes a PED, thus warranting punishment.
“It was just a bad decision,” Scandrick told reporters. “I should have never done it. I didn’t do it with the intent of knowing it would test positive. I know we get random tests, but I don’t take anything to enhance my performance. I wasn’t taking anything to enhance my performance.”
His agent, Ron Slavin, says that if testing for human growth hormone was in place, then Scandrick would have violated the substance abuse policy and gotten a warning instead of receiving a suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs.
“More than 80 missed games, millions of dollars in fines and bonus repayments have been issued because the NFLPA and NFL cannot come to an agreement,” Slavin said in a statement. “The only people who are losing in this standoff are the players and fans.”
Of the 104 players who have been suspended for PEDs, Scandrick is the 21st to test positive for MDMA.
The four games Scandrick has been suspended are twice as many as the two games that Baltimore Raven, Ray Rice was suspended after reportedly knocking his then-fiancé unconscious during an altercation at an Atlantic City hotel casino, which seems a backwards decision, at best. While the use of a recreational drug doesn’t affect anyone or anything regarding the game of football (nor would anyone even know about it if the NFL wasn’t punishing players or them), a domestic violence incident as egregious as knocking a woman out cold, sends (or reinforces) a message that domestic violence is okay, and the NFL shouldn’t want to cosign that.
However, the amount of games that a player will be suspended for various infractions fall under a set of predetermined guidelines, and league commissioner Roger Goodell said that based on the Rice case, he will be reviewing those soon.
Orlando’s ex-girlfriend, who was with him in Mexico when he took the drug, is reality TV star, Draya Michele. A former exotic dancer, Michele is best known for appearing on the reality TV series, “Basketball Wives LA.”
Scandrick and Michele started dating in 2013 and broke up just last week. There were earlier, unsubstantiated rumors that Michele had slipped him the drug down in Mexico without his knowledge, but she has denied such claims. Since that time, Scandrick has taken full responsibility for the incident and Michele’s tweets have been deleted.
This is a real case of “When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong.” The four-game suspension is without pay and will cost him around a million dollars. What an idiot move. Scandrick was likely listening to Lil Wayne and other rappers basking in Molly glory and thinking popping them is cool. For rappers, sure, it just may be. Talk like that boosts their image and record sales but for anyone else in public life, it’ll likely cost you.
And when you’re the starting cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys, the question is—is that price worth it?
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EBONY.com Contributing Writer