Busted! The NFL slapped Alshon Jeffery with a four-game suspension over using banned performance-enhancement supplements. After getting caught, the Chicago Bears player apologized, saying he’ll work hard to earn back fans’ ‘respect and trust.’ Click to see his apology.
“As a professional athlete, I have been careful about what I Put in my body,” Alshon, 26, tweeted on Nov. 14, after he was given his suspension. “I took a recommended supplement to combat inflammation. Unfortunately this supplement contained an ingredient that was on the NFL’s banned substance list.”
“I take full responsibility and I’m deeply upset with myself for not doing the proper research on this supplement,” the Chicago Bears’ wide receiver said in his statement. “I want to apologize to my family, the Bears organization, my teammates, and Bears fans. I will work hard to earn back the respect and trust of the Bears nation and look forward to being back on the field.”
As a professional athlete, I have been careful about what I put in my body. I took a recommended supplement … https://t.co/hqaWvBxRdo
— Alshon Jeffery (@TheWorldof_AJ) November 14, 2016
The four-game suspension is without pay and it means he won’t be eligible to play until the Dec. 18 game against the Green Bay Packers. By that time, there will only be three games left in the 2016-17 NFL Season. The Bears were already not expected to make the playoffs and losing a wide receiver isn’t going to help their chances.
“It’s not good at all,” Zach Miller, the Bears’ tight end, said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “It sucks not having your top weapon on offense. We have to figure out ways to do better collectively. But I don’t think you really replace Alshon Jeffery that easily.
“We’re very disappointed,” Bears coach John Fox said, per NFL.com. “[Alshon is] fairly embarrassed about it. We’ll support him and welcome back after serving his suspension.” Support is good and all, but this decision could cost Alshon more than just his pride.
He’s expected to lose more than $3.4 million dollars during the suspension. He’s also trying to renegotiate his contract and this might just end his career in the Windy City. While Alshon hopes to win back his fans “respect and trust,” he better hope he still has his job at the end of the season.
Do you think the Bears are going to keep Alshon at the end of the season, HollywoodLifers? Or do you think this violation is reason for Chicago to cut him?