Frank Alexander, the defensive end for the Carolina Panthers, has been suspended…again. That’s right, Alexander is a current player of the Panthers, but you wouldn’t know it based on his 2014 season. After being set to come off his four game suspension this week, Alexander was just slapped with a 10 game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance.
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As reported by the SI Wire, Alexander will have a new suspension begin this week, and he will be first eligible to return to the field for Week 16 against the Celeveland Browns.
Following the news of his suspension, Alexander released the following statement:
"“I recently learned that I tested positive for a substance that is banned by the NFL. The NFL policy is strict, and I have chosen to take responsibility. I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches, and Panthers fans for the effect of my mistake on the team. I will continue to work extremely hard in all team workouts, training camp, and the pre-season with my team. During the suspension, I will stay in top football shape and be ready to contribute immediately upon my return.”"
A fourth round draft pick in 2012, Alexander has currently racked up only 3.5 sacks in his limited playing time. The fact that he has been unable to keep himself on the field hasn’t boded well for his playing time.
Unfortunately, many NFL players can’t seem to stay out of trouble despite playing a sport for millions of dollars and getting to call that their job.