Joe Haden apologizes to Browns and fans for “very dumb mistake”

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Joe Haden returned to the Browns Monday after his four-game suspension, apologizing to the team and its fans.

Haden tested positive for Adderall, and called it a “very dumb mistake.”

“It was just a young man making a decision I shouldn’t have made,” he said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Asked if he thought the suspension was excessive, he replied, hilariously: “God, do I?”

In his absence, the Browns went 0-4 (which they may well have done in his presence), but he said the last four weeks have been difficult for him.

“I would like to apologize to my fans, Haden Nation, the Cleveland Browns organization, front office, all the coaches. I hurt a lot of people,” he said. “I hurt myself for sure. But I hurt a lot of people with the decision I made, and I just want everybody to know that I sincerely apologize from the bottom of my heart. There’s no script. Nobody told me what to say. I just feel that and I want everybody to know that it was a mistake.

“Everybody makes mistakes, but my mistake happened to hurt a lot more people than I thought.”

And whether it falls under league guidelines or not, he at least deserves a kangaroo court fine for declaring “Haden Nation,” which is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve heard all day.

UPDATE 4:37 p.m. ET: OK, apparently “Haden Nation,” is the name of his charitable foundation. Which isn’t nearly as ridiculous as it sounded without that context. I will now fine myself, with the check payable to the Human Fund.

12 responses to “Joe Haden apologizes to Browns and fans for “very dumb mistake”

  1. I like Haden and was pretty surprised that he did this. Glad to see him own up to it. I know how good this kid is in the community and connecting with fans. I think he’s a good kid who messed up and won’t do it again.

  2. Haden is back, and we are on our way to 11-5!

    C’mon, it is mathematically possible!

    And my pet monkey just typed the script to Hamlet!


  3. Wow, an athlete who apologized for himself instead of letting his lawyer/ PR team write the “apology” in drab lawyer speak and gramatically correct English! For that alone, Haden deserves some props.

  4. dino2997 says: Oct 8, 2012 4:22 PM

    Haden would have made a huge difference. Even yesterday it’s likely they could have beaten the Giants with Haden.

    Yeah, sure it is. Not a Giants fan, but c’mon. It’s not like the Giants had a completely healthy roster. Eli tore your secondary up with no Nicks in there and plenty of times your d-backs were draped on the WRs and still couldn’t stop them. Haden would have stopped Bradshaw? Right. You were up 14 and the Giants blew your doors off. The only reason you didn’t lose by 21 was NYG was running out the clock.

    Then again, Cleveland thinks Weeden = Staubach, so this is pointless.

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