Former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Larry Grant, who has been suspended for the first regular-season games in 2013 for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, has apologized.
Grant, who remains a free agent at this time, was suspended on April 19. More than a month later, he’s hoping to put the issue behind him and said he never knowingly took a banned substance.
“I've waited far too long to say my apologies to my children, my family, and friends, the 49ers organization, the Buckeye nation, and my fans,” Grant said in a statement, according to NFL.com. “Failing a drug test is far out of my character and although I never knowingly took a performance enhancing drug I take full responsibility for what goes in my body and more importantly for the embarrassment of a failed drug test.
“It's my goal by issuing this statement to clear my name and more importantly to be judged by what happens to me in the future. I hope that my family, my football family, all my fans, and Niner Empire can forgive me for this situation and I look forward to a successful 2013 season.”
Grant, who also spent three seasons with the St. Louis Rams, will have to find a team to have a successful 2013 season. We’ll see what shakes out for him moving forward. Grant primarily played special teams last season. In 2011, he started three games for the Niners and performed well, recording 39 tackles.
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