SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Hours after the NFL formally introduced Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson’s six-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance coverage, the eight-time Professional Bowler stood on the crimson carpet at his basis’s annual fundraiser and apologized and stated he is “deeply disenchanted” for the scenario that led to him lacking the Cardinals’ first six video games.
“Positively, undoubtedly sorry what broke out in the present day … I believe you guys perceive my character and in addition perceive my dedication on and off the sphere, and in addition to my teammates and in addition to the Arizona Cardinals group,” Peterson stated. “That is why that is apparently very, very arduous for me ‘trigger clearly I’ve by no means been on this scenario earlier than and I by no means needed to have my identify connected to something like this.
“I am seeking to transfer ahead and put this behind me. I wish to thank my household, my teammates, the teaching workers, the Arizona Cardinals group and in addition the group. And I am wanting ahead to getting again Week 7. I will proceed to attempt to preserve that smile on my face and get again to being the perfect DB within the league.”
Peterson gave a 139-word assertion after which took questions. Reporters had been threatened by his public relations crew to not ask concerning the suspension and to maintain questions on the charity occasion or danger the press availability ending. Nonetheless, Peterson answered quite a lot of questions on his suspension and the timing of its announcement.
Peterson, who stated he has recognized concerning the pending suspension for months, felt the timing of the information breaking Thursday morning, adopted by the official announcement from the NFL a number of hours later, was “horrible.”
The plan, Peterson stated, was to make the announcement subsequent week after his annual fundraiser.
“It’s what it’s,” Peterson stated. “It was going to return out ultimately, however undoubtedly did not need it to return out right here tonight or in the present day.”
Peterson, nevertheless, stated he felt “relieved” that the information is out so he can “put it behind me and I can transfer ahead.”
Peterson stated he talked with basic supervisor Steve Keim and that his relationship with the Cardinals is “nice.” Nonetheless, Peterson hinted that he will not be at any of the Cardinals’ voluntary organized crew actions.
“Need to be a father,” Peterson stated. “My spouse’s a physician. I am the one one proper now that may actually take [my daughter] to high school, so I’ve to take her to high school each day and ensure she will get there secured and ensure she’s picked up.
“I am nonetheless figuring out, doing my due diligence to make it possible for I am in form come necessary minicamp.”
Peterson was requested if he needed to make clear something about his six-game suspension.
“No, only a six-game suspension,” he stated.