Raji reps deny failed test reports

In the latest twist to the B.J. Raji saga, reps for the highly touted defensive tackle denied rumors their client had failed a drug test. Not that it matters to the Raiders. While they'd love to get their hands on Raji, the truth is he's likely to be long gone when Oakland goes on the clock with its first pick.

Brian Murphy and Mark Humenik of Athletes First, the company representing Raji, issued a statement that vehemently denies a Sports Illustrated report that said Raji had failed a drug test:

We issued a statement last week that we do not like to comment on rumors from unnamed sources. Unfortunately, rumors of a failed drug test by our client BJ Raji were erroneously reported as "fact" by at least two websites, even though neither the NFL nor BJ confirmed the rumor's accuracy in any way, shape, or form.

The complete facts are as follows: Last Thursday, at least two websites published malicious rumors – characterized as fact— that our client BJ Raji failed a drug test at the NFL Combine, citing unnamed 8 0NFL team sources." On Friday, the NFL issued a statement challenging the foundation for these reports and indicating that neither the League, nor its member clubs, know the results of drug or steroid tests taken at the 2009 Combine and that the independent medical advisors who administer the tests have notified in writing those players – and only those players—who tested positive at the Combine. BJ Raji has NOT received any letter from the NFL or the Independent Administrator indicating that he tested positive for drugs at the Combine. Further, after these unsubstantiated reports surfaced, BJ contacted the independent medical advisor's office (Dr. Brown) to confirm that he had not been sent any letter and has not been entered into the NFL's Drug Intervention Program. BJ did not receive a return call from Dr. Brown, but learned today that Dr. Brown is not allowed to talk to any player directly unless that player was sent a letter informing him that he had failed a drug test at the NFL Combine and/or been instructed to contact Dr. Brown. That Dr. Brown will not talk to BJ - as Dr. Brown would otherwise be expected to do under the NFL Substance Abuse Policy if BJ had failed a drug test or being sent a letter directing him to contact the medical advisor's office - is further proof that these reports are untrue.

In short and as we have known all along, the media reports accusing BJ of a failed drug test at the Combine are false. Given the cowardly attacks and damage to BJ's character as a result of these vicious rumors, we sincerely hope that the responsible parties are discovered and held accountable for their actions. For the sake of BJ and his family, we look forward to putting this hurtful allegation behind them and seeing BJ fulfill his lifetime dream of being drafted by an NFL team.


Brian Murphy, Chief Operating Officer

Mark Humenik, Vice President and General Counsel

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. Someone is lying, that's for sure, but that's not surprising anymore. It's all about money, selling a client's reputation vs. selling news and website hits.

It's still uncertain what effect this will have on Raji's standing in the draft but it'd be a shock if he were still around when the Raiders pick seventh overall no matter whether the allegations by SI are true or not.

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