A couple of star defensive linemen have taken the opportunity to set the record straight about off the field events that led to suspensions from the bowl season. Robert Nkemdiche of Ole Miss and Adolphus Washington of Ohio State have each admitted their regret over circumstances leading to suspensions from their respective season-ending bowl games.
Nkemdich was suspended from the Sugar Bowl after he fell out of a hotel window in Atlanta earlier in December. Nkemdiche was charged with marijuana possession, although he released a statement contradicting a report suggesting he was under the influence of synthetic drugs at the time of the hotel incident.
“I was drunk,” Nkemdiche stated Friday at the NFL Combine when discussing the incident. “It was a rash decision. It was embarrassing,” he said of the entire sequence of events, per Pro Football Talk.
“I made a really dumb, impulsive decision and had to pay the penalty for it,” Washington said, according to The Columbus Dispatch. “To not end my college career the way I wanted to, that took a big toll on me… That was the first thing that ran through my mind — that maybe my career was over.”
Nkemdiche and Washington are each attempting to take their past transgressions head on in a move to convince NFL teams they have improved and learned from their mistakes. This is obviously a big topic of conversation around the NFL these days, but in the end it is likely talent will ultimately prevail as often as it typically has. Nkemdiche and Washington are right to address these stories the way they have, and by all accounts they appear to have handled the situation as well as they could at this stage.