Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson apologizes for positive PED test
Patrick Peterson said he was "definitely, definitely sorry" about Thursday's bombshell that the Arizona Cardinals’ perennial Pro Bowl cornerback has been suspended for the first six games of the upcoming 2019 season for violating the NFL’s policy regarding performance-enhancing drugs.
Speaking to reporters at a red-carpet event in Scottsdale several hours after the report first surfaced and was later confirmed by both the league and the Cardinals, Peterson said he was embarrassed by the whole situation and is eager to put it behind him and move on from it.
"I think you guys understand my character and also understand my commitment on and off the field, and also to my teammates and to the Arizona Cardinals organization," he said from a VIP Welcome Party at G Collection, an event to usher in his fourth annual celebrity golf tournament on Friday to benefit his Patrick Peterson Foundation for Success.
"That's why this is apparently very, very hard for me, because obviously I've never been in this situation before and never wanted to have my name attached to anything like this. I'm looking to move forward, put this behind me, and I thank my family, teammates, the coaching staff and the Arizona Cardinals community, and also the organization. ... I'm going to try to continue and keep that smile on my face, and get back to being the best DB in the league."
Asked about how he felt when the news came out on the day he was holding a charity event, Peterson said, "Yes, it's obviously very disappointing it happened to come out today, but it did and I'm just happy now I can put it behind me."
Peterson said he hoped Thursday's news wouldn't put a damper on his foundation and his numerous charity contributions throughout the community. He said he will always honor those obligations.
Peterson went on to say that he's known about the positive test results "for months," adding that he is, "relieved that it's out now, and like I said earlier, I could put it behind me and I can move forward.
"It's just deeply disappointing that I'm attached to something like this."
Peterson is allowed to work out and practice with the Cardinals during offseason and preseason activities, including games, but would not say if he plans to report to the Cardinals’ Tempe training facility on Monday for the start of voluntary organized team activities for both veterans and rookies.
"I have to be a father," Peterson said. "My wife is a doctor. I'm the only one right now that can take her to school, so I have to take her to school each and every day and make sure she gets there securely, and make sure she's picked up. But I'm still working out making sure I'm in shape."
When asked about his relationship with the Cardinals and the front office, Peterson did said, "For the most part our relationship is great. I had a conversation with (Cardinals general manager Steve) Keim earlier. So we're just looking forward to moving forward."
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