San Francisco 49ers linebacker Larry Grant issued an apology for his four game suspension that he will serve this season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
“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 the statement, provided to Pro Football Talk. “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,” Grant said. “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 did not say which substance he took unknowingly or how it all happened. But he remains hopeful that he will be on the field during the 2013 season.
Grant played three seasons in St. Louis before joining the 49ers in 2011. Last season he played in all 16 regular season games and three postseason games primarily as a special teams player.