Just one day after the NFL announced the season-long suspension of Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan, the former third-overall pick had a statement posted by the NFLPA on his behalf.
"I'm very disappointed that I will not be playing in the NFL in the 2015 season. Because of past positive tests and my status in the drug program, the consequence of dilute (not positive) tests is severe. I deeply regret putting myself in this position, and I apologize to my teammates and the Dolphins organization. I will use the time away from playing to finish my college degree. I will stay in excellent physical shape and look forward to returning to the NFL as soon as possible. I’m deeply grateful to my family and friends for their continued support.”
It seems heartfelt, and good for him for going after his college degree, but you have to remember that last season he put out a similar message after he was suspended last season. Does Jordan mean what he says? Only he really knows, actions speak louder than words and his actions seem to show otherwise.
He also fails to mention the Miami Dolphins organization when thanking people for their support. He brings up his friends and family, but not the team. There has been speculation that Jordan was displeased with the organization, and naturally this will spark speculation.
We as a fanbase are obviously upset with Jordan. The Dolphins moved up in the draft to pick him back in 2013, and he's become arguably the worst bust in Dolphins history thanks to these suspensions. However, we as human beings are hoping that he can get his life together and still make a decent career for himself, even if it isn't with Miami.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater