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Williams, Davis apologize to teammates for suspensions

Trent Williams, Fred Davis AP

On Tuesday, Redskins tackle Trent Williams and tight end Fred Davis received four-game suspensions for their most recent violations of the substance-abuse policy.  On Wednesday, they apologized for suspensions that will keep them out of action for the rest of the season, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post.

I know they feel bad about it,” quarterback Rex Grossman said, per Jones.  “They talked to us today in a team meeting, just letting us know they’re remorseful and that they’re apologetic about it.  They feel bad enough.  It’s a tough situation for them.  They know they made a mistake and they have to pay some pretty harsh consequences for it.”

Whoa, whoa, whoa.  Slow down, Mr. Screw-It-I’m-Throwin’-Deep.  These guys didn’t make a mistake.  They chose marijuana (or whatever banned recreational substance they’ve been using) over football.

Under the steroids policy, a “mistake” translates into a four-game suspension.  Under the substance-abuse policy, only a lifestyle results in a suspension.

By the time a player is suspended under the substance-abuse policy, he has violated the policy at least two times.  As to Williams and Davis, they reportedly tested positive after the lockout — and then again during the season.  But for a negotiated resolution to the union’s belief that a grace period should have applied once the lockout ended (which makes sense given that players in the substance-abuse program had no access to counseling services during the league-imposed work stoppage), Williams and Davis would have been in line for a one-year banishment.

Plenty of players have chosen marijuana over football.  Ricky Williams once did, but then he chose football.  Neither Davis nor Williams engaged in a momentary lapse in judgment.  They violated the substance-abuse policy several times, which means they’ve had several chances to avoid making the choices that have caused them to miss the rest of the 2011 season.

Moving forward, they’ll be one additional “mistake” away from a full one-year suspension.  And that’s particularly bad news for Davis, who’ll be a free agent in March.

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14 Responses to “Williams, Davis apologize to teammates for suspensions”
  1. greg2geez says: Dec 7, 2011 1:52 PM

    Le-gal-ize it don’t criti-cize it!!

  2. santorin4 says: Dec 7, 2011 1:55 PM

    I’m confused on why it takes so long to suspend a player if they fail a test. They failed the tests right after the lock out and suspended 3 – 4 months later??

  3. jaltreality says: Dec 7, 2011 2:00 PM

    Shouldn’t even be testing players for marijuana use — that’s between them and applicable local, state and federal laws. It’s not like weed is performance enhancing — quite the opposite, really.

  4. dcsween says: Dec 7, 2011 2:06 PM

    Marijuana is a “recreational” drug for lots of couch GMs and FF playahs, but it wouldn’t be surprising if NFL athletes use it for fast-acting pain relief with side effects that wear off quickly. The League does not routinely check for pain relievers. Johnny Jolly got suspended for getting arrested, but the League wasn’t watching out for the addiction monkey on Johnny Jolly’s back. These two got suspended not because Johnny Law got involved, but because they got found out through the League’s drug testing (where the results are secret until the League decides the time is right for the PR point). This action was about the League protecting the brand, not about player misconduct (who would know other than the league?) or safety of the player. Marijuana is not the same as a performance enhancing drug; its a “morally” banned substance (and a low cost, low medical risk alternative to expensive synthetic pain killers).

  5. sbxxix says: Dec 7, 2011 2:09 PM

    If it was marijuana its no big deal. It should be legalized anyway its just big pharma companies know they’ll lose too much money and are doing anything to keep it illegal. Cigs and alcohol are responsible for half a million deaths each year while marijuana doesn’t even kill anyone from body failures or cancer. If it’s because of marijuana four games is stupid. I don’t get how society doesn’t see anything wrong with alcohol and cigs but you mention marijuana and all of sudden people freak out .5 million deaths is definitely better than using a plant which your body benefits from. Just saying.

  6. dikshuttle says: Dec 7, 2011 2:18 PM

    Social attitudes towards Weed use are an entirely different discussion. It doesn’t even apply here.

    This is just stupid is as stupid does. Looks like we found another couple rat turds in the box of chocolates.

    Oh & Fire Danny Smith.

  7. skins23 says: Dec 7, 2011 2:27 PM

    Lots of guys smoke up. These guys just got caught cause they thought they were smooth sailing after the random. They will both be back on the Skins without any trouble though. So will Shanny, MF.

  8. 7to10for6allday says: Dec 7, 2011 2:35 PM

    Hos before bros for these 2 clowns.

  9. rufustfireflyjr says: Dec 7, 2011 2:36 PM

    “Shouldn’t even be testing players for marijuana use — that’s between them and applicable local, state and federal laws.”

    Of course they should. It’s a business and the continued success of that business depends largely on public perception of the players. Mom and Dad aren’t going to buy player X’s jersey for little Johnny if player X is a stoner. It was collectively bargained by the union, for which I’m sure the players received something in return.

  10. beastofeden says: Dec 7, 2011 2:44 PM

    These are THE LAST TWO MEMBERS OF THE REDSKINS THAT SHOULD BE APOLOGIZING. They are are the only two players on the offense worth a damn.

    Rex Gross needs to apologize
    Mike Shamaham needs to apologize
    Kyle Shamaham needs to apologize then hand over his resignation.

  11. selldannysell says: Dec 7, 2011 2:59 PM

    Are they sorry for what they did or sorry for getting caught? How about an apology to those fans who pay their salaries through ticket and jersey sales? They’re the ones who are getting hosed in it all.

  12. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 7, 2011 3:33 PM

    Silverback!

  13. sbxxix says: Dec 7, 2011 3:37 PM

    ufustfireflyjr says:
    Dec 7, 2011 2:36 PM
    “Shouldn’t even be testing players for marijuana use — that’s between them and applicable local, state and federal laws.”

    Of course they should. It’s a business and the continued success of that business depends largely on public perception of the players. Mom and Dad aren’t going to buy player X’s jersey for little Johnny if player X is a stoner. It was collectively bargained by the union, for which I’m sure the players received something in return.

    The OG LT was a crazy coke head. I doubt his jersey sales ever went down. The funny thing is that cocaine clears your system in 72 hours while marijuana takes 28 days. The message being sent to players is “If you’re gona use a drug, use coke”. Just saying

  14. dccowboy says: Dec 7, 2011 5:04 PM

    There’s something I don’t get about this sequence.

    “On Tuesday, Redskins tackle Trent Williams and tight end Fred Davis received four-game suspensions for their most recent violations of the substance-abuse policy. On Wednesday, they apologized for suspensions ………… They talked to us today in a team meeting, just letting us know they’re remorseful and that they’re apologetic about it.”

    If people are suspended I thought they weren’t allowed to attend meetings or practice or use team facilities or have contact with coaches or the team. WTF?

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