Eric Wright blames suspension on paperwork error


Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright has returned after a serving a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy regarding steroids and related substances.  And he has offered up an excuse that best can be described as, “The dog ate my paperwork.”

Specifically, Wright told reporters on Tuesday that a letter reflecting a therapeutic use exemption was sent to the NFL for approval and was never filed, via

The website doesn’t have a direct quote from Wright, but that’s the gist of it.  And if that’s what was said it makes no sense.  Either there was a therapeutic use exemption or there wasn’t.  It sounds like Wright is saying that the request for an exemption was sent and that for whatever reason it wasn’t acted upon.

It’s another example of one of the biggest flaws in the league’s PED policy.  The player who was been suspended can say whatever he wants and the NFL can say nothing in response.

So there’s no way of knowing whether Wright is telling the truth, unless someone leaks the truth to the media — at the risk of incurring the $500,000 fine that goes along with it.

Unless the dog eats that piece of paper, too.

8 responses to “Eric Wright blames suspension on paperwork error

  1. I really feel sorry for all these innocent players that keep getting suspended*

    *this post may contain sarcasm.

  2. Completely agree with the need to change how the NFL discloses (or doesn’t) reason for suspension around PED.

    This is something that should be clearly articulated with evidence obtained. This brings clarity to the public and forces the player to take accountability.

    Right now most of the public probably feels the way I do, which is I don’t believe the players, but still feel the NFL is not forthright (aka Shady!)

  3. So he sent in the paperwork, it wasn’t processed, and until now he accepted his supposedly-unfair suspension without public complaint? And now he’s being vague about it and sounds willing to sweep the whole thing under the rug, even though he supposedly missed four games due to the NFL’s mistake?

    Sounds very believable.

  4. I believe if the player breaks the “vow of silence” about their suspensions, the league should be able to issue a statement verifying or debunking their claims. A simple, “That was not the reason for which the player was suspended” would suffice, and hopefully keep players from spouting excuses or false claims to the media.

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