Patrick Peterson apologizes, looks to “move forward”

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It was not the best of days for Patrick Peterson to have his foundation’s event. The Cardinals cornerback said the plan was to announce his suspension next week.

Instead, the NFL confirmed the six-game suspension earlier Thursday, prompting Peterson to offer an unscripted apology before his charity event.

“Definitely, definitely sorry for what happened today,” Peterson said, via video from Josh Weinfuss of ESPN. “For the most part, I think you guys understand my character and also understand my commitment on and off the field and also to my teammates and also the Arizona Cardinals organization. That’s why this is obviously very, very hard for me, because I’ve never been in this situation before and never wanted to have my name attached to anything like this. But I’m looking to move forward, put this behind me.

“I want to thank my family, my teammates, the coaching staff, the Arizona Cardinals’ community and also the organization. I’m looking forward to getting back Week Seven. I’m going to try to keep the smile on my face and getting back to being the best DB in the league.”

Peterson, who has not trained at the team facility this offseason, indicated he won’t show up for organized team activities next week. He said needs to be a father to his daughter.

38 responses to “Patrick Peterson apologizes, looks to “move forward”

  1. Finally, we see an athlete apologize on camera and not hide behind a form letter “apology” that was written by his lawyer/ PR department.

  2. He’s not exactly owning it, is he? He’s sorry for “what happened today,” not using PEDs.

  3. “Looking to move forward” is defined in the NFL as “not going to say anymore abut this,” plus….”please forget” about this when you’re discussing “legacy” or “Hall of Fame candidacy.”

  4. He’ll never play another game in AZ. They will trade him EAST, the further East the better. Signed: all the other NFC West fans.

  5. Wonder if Patrick Peterson regrets blasting Tom Brady now….. this is why players should never talk about other players unless their closet is crystal clean…

  6. Really, going to work for 6 months out of the year is too much?
    You better be saving your money because that won’t cut it when your playing days are over.

  7. I told you he’d say something like this. We’ve heard it so many times before from these guys who cheat.
    Well, Mr. Petersen, I, as an NFL fan, do not accept your apology. Why? Because you and guys like you are unfair to the guys who bust their butts to play in the NFL and don’t cheat by taking PED’s, that’s why.
    If I had my way, guys who cheat with PED’s would be thrown out of the league for good.
    So keep your apology and stay home from organized activities next week, and be “a father to your daughter” (what a shining example you are!) if you want! I couldn’t care less if you ever set foot on an NFL field again.
    In case you can’t tell, I am a long time fan of the NFL who is sick and tired of all the crap that goes on in it. It has ruined my love for the game in many ways.

  8. Looking to move forward??? You mean please stop talking about me being a cheat and a fraud for calling out Brady during deflate gate for his disrespect to the game only to turn around and be the bigger fraud and on his charity day no less! It’s called karma Patrick don’t judge lest ye be judged yourself

  9. He says he messed up but still has to tell everyone how great of a guy he is. Just own up to it, PERIOD!
    Sad thing is this guy blasted Tom Brady,

  10. The same Patrick Peterson that was all over Tom Brady for ‘disrespecting the game’, when the weather affected the pressure of the footballs he was using??? So actual cheating is acceptable…

    I have no problem with PED use in the NFL with the beating these guys take, but guys in glass houses should keep their mouths shut.

  11. smairs5 says:
    May 16, 2019 at 11:21 pm
    Wonder if Patrick Peterson regrets blasting Tom Brady now….. this is why players should never talk about other players unless their closet is crystal clean…
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    As far as I can tell this is a totally separate issue from him talking about Tom Brady. I fail to see any connection whatsoever between the two events. Please enlighten me as to how they’re connected

  12. Peterson – “He’s a cheater, no integrity, disrespected the game, dishonest” etc etc etc

    Meanwhile Peterson is using PED’s which is – cheating, showing a lack of personal intergrity, disrespecting the game and dishonest.

    Clear?

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    spartanlegend says:

    As far as I can tell this is a totally separate issue from him talking about Tom Brady. I fail to see any connection whatsoever between the two events. Please enlighten me as to how they’re connected

  13. *He’s not exactly owning it, is he? He’s sorry for “what happened today,” not using PEDs.*

    Yeppers. It should be “what I did today.” What I did today is the correct answer.

  14. Remember when this clown calle dBrady a disgrace to the game (or something close) when Brady dared to allow mother nature to enforce the laws of thermodynamics to footballs

  15. They’re connected because he called Tom Brady out as a cheater when deflate gate went down. Now he’s actually been caught cheating and just wants to move forward. Not that hard to connect the two.

  16. spartanlegend says:

    As far as I can tell this is a totally separate issue from him talking about Tom Brady. I fail to see any connection whatsoever between the two events. Please enlighten me as to how they’re connected

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    I like his sarcasm. Well done. Oh wait… Are you serious? Nah, he can’t be serious. Totally said it with a smirk on his face.

  17. He shoulda use the Peyton excuse and said they were intended for his wife…. and
    he put them in his cornflakes by mistake….

  18. “I knowingly put something into my body that I knew at the time was a PED, and not allowed in the NFL. I tried to cut a corner, and I deeply regret that decision.” That would be much easier to accept, as a fan.

  19. Still a great player and apparently a decent dude off the field as well, judge not lest you be judged I think it says , let’s judge this guy when it’s all said and done

  20. Typical “sorry I got caught” BS that reads like he views himself as a victim. Yes, we now have a better understanding of his character and commitment and because of that newfound knowledge all his accomplishments on the field are now tainted by cheating.

  21. Everyone that never cheated at anything ever, raise your hand. Everyone that never did something that they regret, raise your hand. Everyone that has been a perfect role model, raise your hand. Thought so.. If you hold yourself to the same standards as you want others to have you wouldn’t be so quick to pass judgment.

  22. willie jones says:
    May 17, 2019 at 4:31 pm
    Still a great player and apparently a decent dude off the field as well, judge not lest you be judged I think it says , let’s judge this guy when it’s all said and done

    ________

    It seems to me that it’s certainly fair to judge the illegal, cheating actions of someone, against a backdrop of professional football, which happens to be a game in which cheating is punishable.

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