NFL player Sheldon Richardson is suspended by the NFL without pay for the first four games of the season, for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. The New York Jets player was caught using marijuana. Richardson issued a statement through the team stating, “I apologize for letting down my family, teammates, this organization and the fans.” Jets head coach Todd Bowles recently issued a statement saying, “This is disappointing for Sheldon and the team, we’re going to support Sheldon and welcome him back upon his return.”
The pro-bowl defensive lineman can participate in the teams practices when training camp begins at the end of the July, and can participate in the preseason, however, he isn’t eligible to return to the team during the regular season until October 5th. The former defensive rookie of the year is one of the best players on the Jets’ roster, and this suspension is a huge detriment to their team.