The NFL has announced that Ravens defensive lineman Haloti Ngata will be suspended for four games due to a violation of the PED policy. The veteran defensive lineman will be not be able to return until December 29th- the day after the regular season finale.
Ngata quickly released a statement regarding the suspension, stating that he used Adderall.
“I made a mistake, and I own this. I took Adderall and take full responsibility for doing this,” Ngata said in the statement. “I am deeply sorry and broken up over this. I let down my family, my teammates, Ravens fans and myself. My hope is that the Ravens make the playoffs, and I believe they can do this. And, then I can come back and help us win.”
If you aren’t aware, Adderall is said to be widely used as a PR excuse to soften the PED suspension news. Afterall, if a player wanted Adderall, it’d be pretty easy for him to get a prescription for it. Since the league does not disclose what substance the player tested positive for, the player can tell the media whatever he wants.
The Ravens released their own statement about the suspension this morning.
“This is disappointing news for the Ravens,” G.M. Ozzie Newsome said of the four-game suspension. “We are disappointed with Haloti, but no more than he is with himself.”
According to one Baltimore beat reporter, the team learned about the suspension yesterday. Ngata will lose $2 Mil in base salary over the course of his 4 week suspension.