Redskins tackle Trent Williams spoke publicly on Monday for the first time since he was suspended at the end of the 2011 season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, and he vowed that it won’t happen again.
“It is what it is. I made a mistake. I’ve just got to deal with it,” Williams said, via the Washington Post.
It might be more accurate to say that Williams made mistakes, plural, considering that he was already in the league’s substance-abuse program for previous positive tests and then he tested positive 10 times during September and October. But Williams said he will change his ways.
“Be more of a leader,” Williams said. “Obviously not make the mistakes I made in the past. Just be a better player and lead by example.”
If Williams does make the same mistakes he made in the past, it could derail his career: Another positive drug test would result in a yearlong suspension.