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Daryl Washington suspended for substance abuse violation


Word leaked early today that Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington would miss the year, and now we know what for.

According to Darren Urban of the team’s official website, Washington was suspended a year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

That’s the same policy for which he was suspended the first four games of last season, and means this one was unrelated to his recent guilty plea and probation for assault on the mother of his child.

The loss puts the Cardinals in a bad spot on the field, as they’ll look to young Kevin Minter and old Larry Foote to fill in at inside linebacker.

“It’s completely unacceptable that Daryl has once again put us in this position,” Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim said in a statement. “We all know what the consequences are and will deal with them.  From a personal standpoint, our hope is that this suspension will give Daryl the opportunity to accept the necessary help and guidance to get his life back on track and we will certainly support him however we can.

“As it pertains to our team, our approach is the same as it’s always been: next man up. We talk a lot about how critical depth is to a team because situations always arise where you lose players, whether by injury or other circumstances such as this one. One player’s absence is another’s opportunity. That approach has served us well in the past and we will rely on it now.”

For Washington, he has put his football career in jeopardy, and put himself in a position for the Cards to come after part of the bonus money he’s already been paid.

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63 Responses to “Daryl Washington suspended for substance abuse violation”
  1. azqfan says: May 30, 2014 1:17 PM

    He’ll never play for the Cards again, bye bye MORON!! What a total criminal loser, good riddance…

  2. pooflingingmonkey says: May 30, 2014 1:18 PM

    Wow. Seems like we keep saying the same thing, which is when will these guys ever learn?


  3. mf7krime says: May 30, 2014 1:19 PM


  4. beardinals says: May 30, 2014 1:20 PM

    Stupid ass.

    -signed, Cardinals fan

  5. billsbackto81 says: May 30, 2014 1:20 PM

    And the hits just keep on coming!!

    People who say “money can’t buy you happiness” obviously don’t know where to shop.

    But people who say “money can’t buy you common sense”, absolutely true!!

  6. i thumbs down your comment says: May 30, 2014 1:21 PM

    Ah, nothing to do with beating the Mrs.

    Josh Gordon II

    If it’s anything like the 2013 cheathawks, then these suspensions won’t stand.

  7. bigredgoog says: May 30, 2014 1:27 PM

    “It’s completely unacceptable that Daryl has once again put us in this position,”

    Refreshing honesty from a team official. Like it.

  8. azqfan says: May 30, 2014 1:27 PM

    I thumb, then seahawaks were suspended for performance enhancing drugs, not illegal drugs like pot, coke, etc…

  9. bassplucker says: May 30, 2014 1:29 PM

    Abusing chemicals is a no-no but apparently abusing a female half your weight is OK.

  10. realheroeswearcamo says: May 30, 2014 1:30 PM

    The Cardinal’s statement highlights the different circumstances that Josh Gordon has found himself in. If it was a simple case of a failed test, as this appears to be, the team would have condemned his actions as selfish and hurtful to the organization.

    The Browns continued support of Gordon shows that he should not be lumped in with the likes of Daryl Washington.

  11. horsepedlr says: May 30, 2014 1:31 PM

    then the abuse thing is still out there for 2015. when did this last pot thing happen? first i heard of it.

  12. joeflaccoallday says: May 30, 2014 1:32 PM

    I like this guy. I’m a huge fan. Got your back DWash.

  13. zackd2 says: May 30, 2014 1:32 PM

    Lol you got suspended

    -Jim Irsay

  14. claymatthewshairplugs says: May 30, 2014 1:38 PM

    I’ll never understand how stupid some of these guys are. You’re getting paid millions to play in the greatest sport in the world and yet so many of them try as hard as possible to muck up such a great opportunity. Some of these morons like Washington, Blackmon and Gordon cannot be that stupid can they?

  15. bradjames33160 says: May 30, 2014 1:39 PM

    this is disgusting, he was already a scumbag for raping that young lady, and now he says bleep you to his teammates, wish he could be kicked out of the league, we don’t need losers like this repping the shield

  16. bullcharger says: May 30, 2014 1:40 PM

    The policy for substance abuse is clear. It would be good to get some clear policies in place on other types of criminal conduct too.

  17. razzlejag says: May 30, 2014 1:40 PM

    More and more, I wonder why I continue to support this sport with season tickets. OTOH, I do applaud the NFL and the NFLPA for making an effort to clean this stuff up.

  18. 1rockyracoon says: May 30, 2014 1:42 PM

    “It’s completely unacceptable that Daryl has once again put us in this position.”
    He can’t be serious! He was suspended for 4 games last year. He pleads guilty to hitting the mother if his child. Yet, he still a member of the team. Now, he’s suspended for an entire year and the Cardinals are talking like he still a member if the organization. What the GM should have said is, “We hope he gets the help he needs. He is no longer a member of our team.”

  19. oakfolk says: May 30, 2014 1:43 PM

    Point goes to PFT for that picture above. Well played, sirs!

  20. scw1993 says: May 30, 2014 1:44 PM

    What about the punishments for Rice, megahead meeting with his OC, and Irsay? Too much preferential treatment for the golden boys. This guy gets kicked out for a year for substance abuse, and Rice is still on the ravens roster after beating his wife. Makes a lot of sense.

  21. bigsowce604 says: May 30, 2014 1:45 PM

    Honey badgers are fearless animals… time to move Tyrann Mathieu to middle linebacker!

  22. logiclevoicesays says: May 30, 2014 1:45 PM

    NFC West: Making the rest of the league look good one criminal at a time.

  23. tooz72 says: May 30, 2014 1:48 PM


  24. rotowriter says: May 30, 2014 1:50 PM

    If someone like Washington gets 1 year for cheating, Ray Rice should get 2 years. The priorities of these leagues are completely backwards.

  25. bridgeh2o says: May 30, 2014 1:50 PM

    This guy doesn’t know what opportunity he just flushed down the toilet.

    You are a rising star in the NFL.

    You do drugs. You do them 3 times, you are suspended one year.

    I JUST DON’T GET IT!!!!!!

    Unfortunately, neither does he.

  26. purpleguy says: May 30, 2014 1:51 PM

    This scumbag should have been booted for the year for breaking his girlfriend’s collarbone in 2013.

  27. skedoozy says: May 30, 2014 1:52 PM

    Yeah, figure it was this.

    Damnit, Daryl. Get your ish together.

    Doubt he will ever wear a Cards jersey again. 😦

  28. txstaff says: May 30, 2014 1:53 PM

    Street drugs or PED?

  29. bridgeh2o says: May 30, 2014 1:53 PM

    Jim Irsay demands an explanation.

    And, he wants to know your “source” DWash!!!

  30. bradygirl12 says: May 30, 2014 1:55 PM

    Wow,it just never stops,does it? It seems there is no end to the stupidity in pro sports. Being that this is the second time,not to mention the assault on his baby’s mother,why don’t they just ban this type of person from the league? Roger Goodell needs to think long and hard about the punshments he doles out.

  31. southpaw2k says: May 30, 2014 2:00 PM

    I have a feeling Washington will still face additional discipline for the battery charges he’s facing under the personal conduct policy. His days as a Cardinal are coming to a close, and I’d be pretty surprised if he finds another job elsewhere in the league.

  32. pittsteelers101 says: May 30, 2014 2:03 PM

    What about Will Hill from the giants failing 3 drug tests and he is not suspended ?

  33. trollhammer20 says: May 30, 2014 2:04 PM

    No Washington, Dansby gone….

    …good luck keeping that #1 run defense rating.

  34. ugadogs21 says: May 30, 2014 2:06 PM

    The question isn’t “how many times are we going to keep seeing these situations?” The question is when is the NFLPA going to acknowledge that there is a drug abuse problem? The NFL Administration has but they have choosen to throw up their hands because it’s easier to suspend a player than to get them treated.

  35. hawksfan99 says: May 30, 2014 2:09 PM


    Seahawks fan

  36. mshawn75 says: May 30, 2014 2:10 PM

    New rule. Get caught in back to back years, get a lifetime ban, and have to pay back bonus. Leave 3 strikes to baseball.

  37. arzcardinals says: May 30, 2014 2:14 PM

    As a Cards season ticket holder all I can say is ‘Disappointed’

  38. marvinmillersucks says: May 30, 2014 2:18 PM

    Ole Larry Foote will end up being a traffic cone for the running game by week 4..
    “Next Man Up” translation. Wait for the Steeler Waiver wire this summer!

  39. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: May 30, 2014 2:22 PM

    Even at his age, the Cards can do a lot worse than Larry Foote.

  40. cmurr1711 says: May 30, 2014 2:22 PM

    We’ll take him. Gladly.


    Niners Fab

  41. rawbbqsauce says: May 30, 2014 2:23 PM

    Only in the NFL.

    Go to the European Soccer leagues. Look at UEFA None of the players ever test positive for anything and none of them ever get arrested.

    It’s a sad state of affairs in the American culture. Sigh…

  42. ohyesgriffyes says: May 30, 2014 2:24 PM

    Suspended a year for a substance abuse violation and not for the felony aggravated assault on a female charge. Some real priorities there, Roger.

  43. oldcracker says: May 30, 2014 2:24 PM

    This kind of behavior affects the entire team. What owner, in his right mind would want to put up and pay millions to a guy like this?

  44. raymondtx says: May 30, 2014 2:25 PM

    “It’s completely unacceptable that Daryl has once again put us in this position…”

    first words from the Cardinals statement…nevermind this guy has a life challenging addiction, the cardinals are upset about the hole on defense now. Stay classy AZ.

  45. wipackman1265 says: May 30, 2014 2:30 PM

    Guys who hit women are punks and cowards … Get help

  46. notthetroll says: May 30, 2014 2:40 PM

    On behalf of the agents of the ILBs that are unsigned as of today, yaay. 3 days 2ILBs gone. That sucks.

  47. kamthechancellor says: May 30, 2014 2:42 PM

    Marshawn Lynch just tacked on 40 more yds/gm vs the Cards this season.

  48. 6allsohard6more says: May 30, 2014 2:47 PM

    Let’s see Washington beats his wife bad + fail 3 drug test and got 1year Ray Rice hit his girl one time only thing he ever did wrong and you think he deserves more? Be real son..

  49. xinellum says: May 30, 2014 2:51 PM

    Busting guys for smoking pot is just draconian these days, especially for a year. The states that haven’t legalized it have at least approved it for medical use or decriminalized it. Such actions clearly show the state governments don’t view it as a gateway drug and basically believe it is more beneficial than harmful in certain circumstance. I am not arguing the value of marijuana, just that the NFL needs to adopt the same stance as the state governments, it isn’t that bad and doesn’t warrant the types of punishment that other drugs carry. If they still want to buy into reefer madness then punish guys who smoke pot one game and add one game for each repeat offense. Therefore they would have to fail 16 tests to miss a year. Right punishment for the right crime. To lose the talent that the NFL is losing and punishing fans by reducing the quality of play by suspending guys who haven’t managed to circumvent the urine test policy (like Von Miller) is the real crime here.

  50. maestro1899 says: May 30, 2014 2:55 PM


    It is WAY PAST TIME to end this ridiculous policy of punishing people that use marijuana, both recreationally and medically.

    Do you want them addicted to pain pills and sue hte league?

    Do you prefer them to get drunk at a club and into a fight, DUI or even a fatal car accident?


  51. camcameronsucks says: May 30, 2014 2:56 PM

    Everyone hates on these guys who get suspended for substance abuse, and everyone says something along the lines of “How could they do that, they make millions of dollars, what idiots!”

    Most of these guys have been around drugs throughout their lives. It’s not a stereotype, its a fact. When you’re raised in an environment where drugs are dealt and used on a consistant basis, you tend to have a higher chance of using said drugs.

    I honestly don’t care if a football player wants to smoke weed. The consequences of drinking alcohol far outweight the consequences of smoking marijuana. Alcohol tends to make someone more confident, loud, and sometimes hostile. Weed tends to make someone tired, hungry, and lazy.

    The fact that NFL owners haven’t openly come out in support of Marijuana baffles me. As a Ravens fan, I wish the entire team smoked weed. Maybe that would prevent them from going out and getting hit over the head by a stripper, or punching out a cab window…

  52. punkyqb says: May 30, 2014 3:01 PM

    Why doesn’t this happen to hockey players? All these bad guys have flocked to the other three major sports.
    Go figure.LOL

  53. bengalskuta82 says: May 30, 2014 3:02 PM

    Awesome! Hopefully the NFL does the same thing to the knuckle head from the Cleveland Clownz #jgordon.
    These guys dont get it. Us fans want to see real competition. No cheating unless you play for the Pats

  54. sumkat says: May 30, 2014 3:03 PM

    and there goes the Cards 2nd best defender, and best front 7 player. Putting aside how stupid it is for a guy who JUST got suspended for 4 games to come up dirty again, he is going to be tough for the cards to replace. If I were to make a list of guys on the cards that needed to have big seasons for them to compete in that division, Washington would of been at the top of it.

    Can’t see them making the playoffs with that big of a hole in the middle of their defense

  55. Goodell's Green Glasses says: May 30, 2014 3:09 PM

    Gordon is up next.

  56. jdrewsy says: May 30, 2014 3:17 PM

    What a shame! Any player who has served a 4 game is subject to 1 season foe the next transgression (ie; Brandon Browner, Walter Thurmon).

    They don’t seem to get it!

  57. knucklebucket says: May 30, 2014 3:33 PM

    Take drugs and get caught twice- Suspended for a year.
    Beat the mother of your child- You’re good.

  58. filmex2000 says: May 30, 2014 3:35 PM

    If Washington isn’t smart enough to smoke pot without getting caught, then he really shouldn’t be doing it.

    Having said that, the NFL’s approach to pot is arcane. A player can ingest handfuls of Ibuprofen, destroy his liver, and all is hunky dory. But, use pot to relieve the aches and pains, and the NFL treats you like you’re using PEDs. Smoking pot is not cheating…in any reality.


  59. ptfpoetlovestheseahawks says: May 30, 2014 3:44 PM

    Wow look at this. All these guys popping for peds and substance abuse. Who aren’t you seeing with it……..yep the super bowl champs. Seahawks have cleaned up their acts. Say all you want about it being tainted. Dont forget about Barry Bonds and Mark McGuire. Talk about cheating. Lol


  60. justintuckrule says: May 30, 2014 4:25 PM

    Makes sense. Hill – 3rd offense gets 6 games. DW – 2nd offense gets a season. Irsay – driving high on pills – 2nd offense, still tweeting.

    I think Goodell has a Wheel of fortune wheel in his office and that’s how he determines suspensions. Him and the other billionaire owners sit in there laughing and laughing all the way to the bank. When it was Irsay’s turn to spin his punishment, Goodell and the other owners said “sike”.

  61. 12hawksfan1976 says: May 30, 2014 4:57 PM

    What??? This isn’t just a “PEDHawks” thing???

    Say it isn’t so…

  62. jwilliamsspf says: May 30, 2014 5:29 PM

    I think I can speak for all Cardinals fans when I say, good-bye D-WashOut.

    How disappointed we are. Be done with him and move on. As Keim says, “Next guy up.”

    I don’t want my favorite team make excuses just to field criminals like the 49ers or druggies like the Seahawks.

    (See what I did there?)

  63. kingpel says: May 30, 2014 9:40 PM

    Cardinals are a division rival, but I hate to see a guy throw away opportunities like this. Plenty of time for smoking in retirement.

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