Saturday, July 4, 2015
NFL suspends Sheldon Richardson the first four games of 2015
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This offseason started out fantastic. The New York Jets hired new general manager Mike MacCagnan and new head coach Todd Bowles as the new era of Jets football started to change. Great pickups in free agency bringing back Darrell Revis and Antonio Cromartie to the secondary along with a trade for Brandon Marshall to help out Eric Decker in the wide Receiver department.
Let's also not forget the great draft that MacCagnan had in Chicago picking up some monsters on the defensive line and extra talent in the wide out department as well, the Jets were starting to shed some of their negativity as they get closer and closer to the start of training camp as we begin the month of July as well as celebrating the birth of our nation.
But all of this good feeling and partying before this 2015 Jets season gets underway, that dark cloud came out of nowhere and it landed at the Jets practice facility in Florham Park, New Jersey as the NFL suspended Sheldon Richardson for the first four games of the regular season for substance abuse.
"I apologize for letting down my family, teammates, this organization and the fans," Richardson said in a statement released by the team. "However, words aren't enough. This is something that can only be addressed by how I handle myself from this point on. I don't want this to take away from what the team is trying to accomplish. While I won't be there at the start of the regular season, I will do whatever I can to support my teammates until I'm able to return to the field."
While his words are admirable and he has already learned a valuable lesson the truth is really simple, he did a stupid thing by putting himself at risk, his teammates at risk and the Jets at risk because now what could've been a positive start in September could be another terrible begin like last season was. Whatever he did during his time off from the team and within his private time, the truth is that he needs to change his ways and change them now.
Richardson is a future superstar and some are already saying he is a superstar now, but in the maturity stage of being a professional athlete right now this is a big negative. He won't play against the Dolphins on Week 4 at Wembley Stadium but I'm sure he will still make the trip, his return to the team will be during week 6 of the season as the 5th week for the Jets will be a bye week for the long trip home.
But while they do open at home against the Browns, on the road for Monday Night in Indianapolis, then another home game against the Eagles before flying to London, England the Jets possibly could start the season at 2-2 are now in danger of having a poor start to their season. But if others can step up and try to avoid a negative and keep a positive, then the Jets will be able to stay on track towards some hope if it does come there way.