Tamba Hali is perhaps the most beloved player on the Kansas City Chiefs’ roster and now he is apologizing to fans in the wake of the NFL’s announcement that he will be suspended for the team’s season opener against the Atlanta Falcons.
I apologize to my teammates, the Hunt family, the Kansas City Chiefs organization and most importantly, our fans. I accept the discipline from the league and will return week 2 of the NFL season with a commitment to erase this mistake with my play on the field and my conduct off of it.
Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli has also released a statement.
Tamba’s situation is unfortunate. Obviously, we are disappointed and will miss him during this suspension, but the NFL’s policies are very clear and we respect the league’s decision in this matter. We are unable to comment further on this matter or any aspect of the NFL’s Drug Policy.
As we mentioned in our second update of the original story about Tamba, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star that Tamba’s situation was unique and not clearly defined by the NFL’s substance policy.
It looks like Tamba won’t be appealing and so the Chiefs will be without him when the Atlanta Falcons come to town. Andy Studebaker or Cameron Sheffield would be my guess as to who will start in his place.