NFL denies report Sapp was positive for cocaine

March 15, 1995|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Writer

The NFL issued a formal denial of a New York Times report that University of Miami defensive lineman Warren Sapp tested positive for cocaine and that another Hurricane, running back Michael Stewart, tested positive for marijuana at the league's scouting combine in Indianapolis last month.

The league, though, didn't deny the report that Sapp had tested positive for marijuana.

Drew Rosenhaus, Sapp's agent, seconded the league's denial of the cocaine report.

"Warren Sapp has never tested positive for cocaine. We're considering legal action against the Times," Rosenhaus said.

Times sports editor Neil Amdur had no comment on the NFL's statement.

In today's editions, however, the Times reported that officials from four teams insisted they had seen reports that Sapp tested positive for marijuana and cocaine, and Stewart had tested positive for marijuana.

In a statement faxed to the press room at the league meetings, Stewart said, "My number one concern is not how this false report will affect my draft status, but how much it will affect my reputation."

Stewart was considered a prospect likely to be drafted at the end of the first round while Sapp has been considered one of the top players in the draft.

Buddy Ryan, the coach of the Arizona Cardinals, said he wouldn't select a player who tested positive, but Seattle Seahawks coach Dennis Erickson, who coached Sapp in college, wouldn't hesitate to pick him.

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