Robert Nkemdiche: “I was drinking” when went out window

AP

Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche made himself one of the most scrutinized players in this year’s draft class, when he fell out of a hotel window in Atlanta and was subsequently arrested for marijuana possession.

So the priority for him here at the Scouting Combine is setting the record straight.

Nkemdiche said he was drinking — “I was drunk” — at the time of the incident, denying that he was under the influence of marijuana, synthetic or otherwise. He said there were other players in the room with him, including Ole Miss tackle and potential top pick Laremy Tunsil, but “no one wanted to take the fall.”

Of course, if someone would have taken the fall out the window, it would have been better too.

“It was a rash decision,” Nkemdiche said. “It was embarrassing.”

He said he’s had multiple conversations with teams, and that he’s trying to be up front with them about what happened that night, and saying “I have changed.”

“People who know me, that’s not who I am,” he said.

Nkemdiche also admitted to being “lazy” on the field, which is probably of more concern to NFL teams than one wild night which ended up in broken glass and a police car.

49 responses to “Robert Nkemdiche: “I was drinking” when went out window

  1. Somebody will get him below draft value, and he’ll play well sometimes. Other times, he will quit on the field and other times he will hurt, suspended, etc. Caveat emptor.

  2. Hope he falls again….this time to the top of the second round where my team can snatch him up and pair him with Spence. Then I won’t have to watch Romo have enough time to eat thanksgiving dinners on his way to game winning drives anymore.

  3. Spin doctor agent says it only proves his client can hit the opening, like no one else in the draft.

    “His talent provides a rare window of opportunity for an astute GM”- agent

  4. He was doing a lot of drinking to fall out of a window! I just want to got to bed after a few. All I can say is, “Youth is wasted on the young!”

  5. It might be better for Nkemdiche if he said he was high as a kite on every drug imaginable when he took that fall.

  6. I’m sure his handlers / spin doctors told him that it’s better to tell the alcohol story instead of something to do with drugs. So, this is his story and he’ll stick to it, until it’s not and he doesn’t.

  7. Living in the south you get force fed SEC football. Every SEC team is the best college football team in the country every year and every one of them is going to win the national championship every year…

    I know for sure that this guy did not come close to reaching his potential that he had as a recruit. And with him admitting that he’s lazy.. That’d be enough for me to not risk a 1st rounder on him. He’s gotten by by being the best athlete on the field. But you can’t coach effort. He’s either going to have to find some heart or he’ll be in for a rude awakening in the NFL. Too many ultra talented guys have flamed out because they were lazy, drunk, etc. No thanks.

  8. “It was a rash decision”

    Who decides to fall out a window?

    “No one wanted to take the fall”

    Has he been talking with Cris Carter?

    If I’m his agent, I tell him to stop talking. He’s already caused himself to lose (further) draft position. He better excel on all the measurables at the combine because he’s only putting up more red flags with his mouth.

  9. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say he made more money at Ole Miss then he’ll ever make in the NFL.

  10. This is actually good news. Would you want a sober person going out the window? No. Only an insane person goes out the window sober. I only want my star athletes going out the window drunk. That’s my position anyway.

  11. “It might be better for Nkemdiche if he said he was high as a kite on every drug imaginable when he took that fall.”

    I was going to say this almost verbatim.

  12. Phew! And I thought he was stoned when he fell out the window. Much, much better to know that he was hammered out of his mind on booze to the point where he fell out an open window.
    I have not heard him testing positive for weed yet, so Jerry Jones he can draft him to be a DT and mentor Randy Gregory. He can show him how to cheat drug tests and still fall out of windows, because being blitzed on booze makes falling out a window perfectly explainable.

  13. I wouldn’t touch this kid with a 20 foot pole. Money doesn’t change who you are,it magnifies it! This kid has shown himself to be an idiot,imagine putting millions a dollars in his hand?

  14. longhairdontcare66 says:
    Feb 26, 2016 3:24 PM
    None of the ppl with above comments did something stupid in college? Comical how angry ppl can be towards stupid college antics.
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    Johnny Manziel on line one for you..

  15. Better to do stupid stuff while consuming legal beverages which turn off your common sense switch than smoke an illegal natural plant which makes you chill and perhaps a little hungry. Can’t get busted for that!

  16. longhairdontcare66 says: Feb 26, 2016 3:24 PM
    None of the ppl with above comments did something stupid in college? Comical how angry ppl can be towards stupid college antics.

    Comical how a grown adult think that writing in text speak is acceptable.

  17. longhairdontcare66 says:
    Feb 26, 2016 3:24 PM
    None of the ppl with above comments did something stupid in college? Comical how angry ppl can be towards stupid college antics
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    Every year hundreds of thousands of kids manage to go through college without doing something stupid, much less potentially causing a loss of hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars. We used to call them mature or responsible. The way colleges abandon ethics because the stupid kids can play sports is shameful. If colleges actually adhered to behavioral and academic standards the NFL draft would consist mostly of a bunch of offensive linemen and a few mediocre QBs and kickers. Way too many of these athletes are criminals and/or illiterate. But they got their college degrees if they manage to stay full term.

  18. I hope that kid realizes he smoked a 10 million dollar blunt. He should think about that the next time he plans on getting stoned. There is a big drop from first round money to rookie minimum. A even bigger drop to the money us regular people make when he gets kicked out of the league. .

  19. Sounds like someone a homeless bum will convince the Browns’ owner he should draft #1 and then he and Johnny football will be perfect roommates!!

    @longhairdontcare… it may have been a typical stupid college antic, but he’s no typical college kid. Typical ones don’t get jobs right out of school with over $10M for their starting salary. Enough of these typical antics and he might be finding out about the realities of typical starting salaries the hard way… working and being responsible.

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