If anyone watched the Indianapolis Colts and Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon, even if it was just for a few minutes, the name Darius Leonard should ring a bell. That’s because the rookie linebacker was all over the field and made numerous plays to secure the 23-0 home shutout victory at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The second-round pick from South Carolina State definitely had himself a game, registering 11 tackles to help keep the Colts’ playoff hopes alive. But instead of speaking to the media and leaving the stadium to relax or celebrate, the 6-foot-2, 234-pound linebacker was forced to stick around after everyone left and take a drug test.
The following social media post, which was captured by TMZ, shows Leonard was pretty frustrated with the NFL, tagging the league and stating, “This can’t be a coincidence.”
Should the NFL’s leading tackler posting an 11-tackle game be a potential red flag? Leonard sure made it sound like he was targeted as he waited in the locker room.
“Everybody else gone home after the game. Last one in here. Got a drug test. Once again. Once again after a game! Got a drug test. Still stuck in here an hour and a half after the game.” — Indianapolis Colts rookie linebacker Darius Leonard
Ironically, this is not the first time this has happened to the Colts this season. Star wide receiver T.Y. Hilton had a random drug test after a 38-10 win against the Tennessee Titans last month.
The red-hot Colts, who have won seven of their last eight games, are definitely in the AFC playoff picture and Leonard is a big reason why. He leads the NFL with 146 tackles while also posting 7.0 sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, six pass deflections and one interception.
It looks like Indianapolis got a steal with the No. 36 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to complement offensive superstars like quarterback Andrew Luck and Hilton.
It’s not the first NFL team to experience this. It’s probably not the last either. It’s just crazy a monster game in Indy resulted in Leonard having to take a drug test after it.