Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has been suspended four games without pay for for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances, the team announced Monday.
In a usual response often heard by many players, Jeffrey is attributing the violation on a supplement he was taking:
“As a professional athlete, I have been careful about what I put in my body. I took a recommended supplement to combat inflammation,” Jeffrey said in a released statement, via NFL.com. Unfortunately this supplement contained an ingredient that was on the NFL’s banned substance list. I take full responsibility and I’m deeply upset with myself for not doing the proper research on this supplement. I want to apologize to my family, the Bears organization, my teammates, and Bears fans. I will work hard to earn back the respect and trust of the Bears nation and look forward to being back on the field.”
“We’re very disappointed,” Bears coach John Fox said when reached for comment. “He’s fairly embarrassed about it. We’ll support him and welcome him back after serving his suspension.”