Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has been suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s policy on PED’s. It is believed that the substance that he was suspended for was Adderall.
“I was notified last week of a four-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy,” Martin said in a statement. “My initial instinct was to appeal the suspension and finish the season with my teammates. However, after numerous discussions with people close to me — including Coach (Dirk) Koetter — I am starting the suspension immediately so I can enter a treatment facility and receive the help I truly need. On the field, I must be strong and determined to push through both pain and injuries to become an elite NFL running back. Off the field, I have tried that same approach in my personal life. My shortcomings in this area have taught me both that I cannot win these personal battles alone and that there is no shame in asking for help.”
Martin was inactive last Sunday in which his Coach Dirk Koetter in what was called a coaches decision.
“I sincerely apologize to the Glazer family, general manager Jason Licht and the entire Tampa Bay organization, my teammates and our tremendous fans,” said Martin, who wasn’t at practice Wednesday. “This was not the season I envisioned and I have let everyone down, including myself. However, adversity yields opportunity and I ask for your support in my battle to overcome these personal issues.” Last year Martin rushed for 1,402 yards, the second-most in the NFL only behind Adrian Peterson. This season he only has just 421 yards. In the offseason, Martin signed a five-year deal worth $35.75 million with $15 million guaranteed. If the Bucs decide to part ways with Martin, the fourth-highest- paid player on their team, sources told ESPN’s Field Yates that the suspension would void his $7 million guaranteed base salary for 2017.
Martin has seemed like a good guy so hopefully, with help, he will be back next season.