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Romeo Crennel on Hali suspension: “I’ve been better”

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Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel usually makes small talk with reporters as he begins his press conferences.

Monday, there was no point in pleasantries.

I’ve been better, to tell the truth,” Crennel said in the wake of outside linebacker Tamba Hali’s suspension. “The NFL’s substance-abuse policy . . . was violated and there’s a consequence to be paid for it. Tamba will pay the consequence.”

Hali will be suspended one game and docked an additional game check for violating the league’s subtance abuse policy.

He issued a statement before practice which suggested he won’t be appealing.

“I apologize to my teammates, the Hunt family, the Kansas City Chiefs organization and most importantly, our fans,” Hali said. “I accept the discipline from the league and will return week two of the NFL season with a commitment to erase this mistake with my play on the field and my conduct off it.”

Hali’s absence from the opener against the Falcons will create a huge void in terms of pass rush.

His 12.0 sacks were second in the AFC last year, and he’ll be replaced by Andy Studebaker, who has 2.5 sacks in four seasons. If they weren’t playing a team with a suspect line, it would be a bigger loss, but the questions the suspension create loom larger than an individual game.

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6 Responses to “Romeo Crennel on Hali suspension: “I’ve been better””
  1. jdubkc says: Aug 20, 2012 1:33 PM

    Speechless…

  2. JSpicoli says: Aug 20, 2012 1:53 PM

    MLB at least puts on a better show with 50 games for a first offense. It still has holes in enforcement and players can get around testing.

    1 game? This league could not care less about PED’s.

  3. allinblindsevenduece says: Aug 20, 2012 2:08 PM

    Maybe I missed something but what did he abuse? I can’t seem to find it anywhere. Not questioning the judgement just want a little more info.

  4. mestevo says: Aug 20, 2012 2:11 PM

    Here come a bunch of comments from people who think he was on roids and don’t understand why it’s only 1 game while others were 4.

    Hint: Substance abuse policy vs Performance enhancing drugs policy.

  5. sullijo1 says: Aug 20, 2012 3:04 PM

    I guess it will be 20 years without a playoff win for the Chiefs…..Brutal!

  6. warrenpeacephotography says: Aug 20, 2012 10:34 PM

    Marijuana does not increase physical performance, though it can, in certain ways increase mental performance.

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