Fred Davis ha spoken out today to defend himself in the wake of the announcement that he has been suspended by the NFL for breaking strict substance rules.
Rumors had circulated that the ban was in relation to the use of marijuana, with the player having previously failed tests for the substance, most recently in 2011.
But Davis, speaking through a prepared statement released by the NFl Players Association, blamed his suspension on accidentally ingesting banned substances through a supplement:
"Unfortunately, a couple of months ago I took a supplement that contained a banned substance. I now know that supplements are not regulated by the FDA and may contain banned substances," the tight end explained.
He went on to announce that he plans on reapplying to the league in the fall:
"I look forward to staying in football shape, remaining in compliance with the NFL policy, and having a chance to get back on the field to contribute to a teams success next season."
It seems Davis felt it necessary to explain the situation because of his checkered past concerning recreational drug use.
In 2011, the player was suspended for the final four games of the season after failing a test for marijuana use.
It seems like the player, who is set to be a free agent in March after playing just seven games for the Washington Redskins in 2013, is determined to come back from this latest setback but it seems unlikely he will be playing an active part in any roster until deep into 2014 at the earliest.