Remorseful Eric Wright Ready For ActionDecember 26th, 2012
Bucs cornerback Eric Wright, fresh off his four-game suspension for popping Adderall, faced the Tampa Bay pen and mic club this afternoon and, perhaps knowing this could be his last week with the team, expressed remorse for being caught violating the NFL’s banned-substance policy.
“I apologize to the team, the organization and the Glazer family,” Wright said. “It hurt me a lot to let the team down. It’s just an unfortunate situation. I’m looking forward to moving forward.”
Then Wright was peppered with questions about his future with the Bucs. The fact he was popped for Adderall voided the second year of guaranteed cash by the Bucs, per reports. So in effect, the Bucs could cut Wright after the season and not owe him any money.
“Until someone tells me otherwise, I am a Tampa Bay Buccaneer,” Wright said. “I say that with a lot of pride. It is an honor to put on that jersey.”
Wright also explained that the root cause for his suspension was that a letter of exemption to use Adderall that was to be sent to the NFL for approval was never filed.
Wright wouldn’t elaborate further.
“It was extremely difficult being at home, being away from my teammates and my coaches,” Wright said. “You work all offseason and preseason to get to this point and have to sit down and sit out for four games; It really hurt. The situation is that it is over and I served my four-game suspension and I am back with my team.”
For those of the belief that the Bucs didn’t miss Wright’s services, consider the Bucs haven’t won a game since he was suspended.
In an unrelated matter, Wright, who was slowed by a gimpy Achilles injury before he was suspended, admitted he is feeling closer to 100 percent than he was before his suspension.
“I feel a lot better,” Wright said. “I still have to finish the week of practice.”