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Adams blindsided by leak



Bucs first-round pick Gaines Adams reacted with shock when he learned from watching television that his admission to trying marijuana was leaked just days prior to the draft.

Adams, who was introduced this morning in Tampa, said the release of information from supposed confidential interviews hit him hard not only because of its potential impact on his draft status, but because he cares deeply about a reputation he said he has worked for.

"My name is a good name," Adams said. "That's all I want people to know. When that came out, it put a glitch on me and my family. . . I was hurt that the whole world saw it. I don't want people to think about me like that. I was very upset. I was just telling the truth."

Adams made the admission during interviews with select teams during the NFL draft combine in February. But he said today his experimentation with the drug happened in high school.

On Saturday in New York, league commissioner Roger Goodell made a personal apology to Adams, which surprised the player. Adams worried the news would hurt his stock, but clearly it didn't.

"With the way they're trying to straighten out the league," he said, "I was like that could have dropped me dramatically."

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:45pm]


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