Jenkins: 'I made an honest mistake'

Jenkins: 'I made an honest mistake'
July 26, 2013, 6:15 pm
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Jarvis Jenkins suspended four games for PEDs

RICHMOND--Jarvis Jenkins says he made a simple, honest mistake. It is a mistake that will cost him a substantial amount of money and will cost his team the services of their starting defensive end for the first four weeks of the coming season.

During Friday’s training camp practice, the media received word that of Jenkins’ suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. To his credit, Jenkins didn’t try to by pass the cameras and microphones as he left the field. He stepped up into the crowd of reporters and apologized to the team and its fans.

“It was an honest mistake,” said the team’s 2011 second-round draft pick. “The NFL has rules and I was trying to do everything right by the rules. The tell us to take supplements with NSF on it. That's tested by the NFL.”

Jenkins took a recovery supplement from a GNC store that did not have that “NSF” (National Science Foundation) label on it. 

“I figured it was cool,” said Jenkins. “I read labels, it didn't have anything on it.”

He found out in late March that the supplement was anything but “cool”. A random test he had taken had tested positive for a banned substance that is sometimes used to mask steroid use. After being suspended he appealed the penalty but he was unsuccessful in getting it overturned.

“It was just a simple mistake,” he said. “I'm going to accept my responsibility like a man and take the suspension.”

It not like he has much choice; the league rules are what they are and he can’t play until after the Redskins’ Week 5 bye. The suspension will cost him just over $167,000 (4/17 of his 2013 base salary of $709,789).