Mathis apologizes to teammates for suspension

(AP Photo/AJ Mast)
(AP Photo/AJ Mast)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Colts linebacker Robert Mathis has apologized to his teammates for the four-game suspension he received from the NFL.

On Wednesday, Mathis spoke publicly for the first time since the league announced he had violated its performance-enhancing substance abuse policy.

Mathis had previously admitted to taking fertility medication that contained a substance on the NFL’s banned list. He also said he did not check with league officials or the players union to determine if anything he used might cause a positive drug test.

Defensive end Cory Redding, one of Mathis’ closest friends, says he didn’t need to hear an apology. He says Mathis acknowledged it was his mistake.

Mathis can participate in offseason workouts, training camp and preseason games. He can return to the team Sept. 29. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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