Doug Martin: “I Was There Long Enough”

May 25th, 2017

Talks rehab

Doug Martin faced local media today after practice at One Buc Palace.

It was the first time he held a news conference since Dirk Koetter benched him for the critical December game at New Orleans.

Martin, sporting a spotty but rugged beard, expressed lots of thanks to his teammates and the Bucs’ organization for their support through his troubles relating to drugs.

Martin wouldn’t offer specifics on what drugs(s) led to his four-game suspension (three games remaining). But Martin said his issues are behind him, as they related to being a productive member of society and the Buccaneers.

Asked about the length of his rehab stay, Martin said, “I was there long enough. I was there long enough, and I was there to the point I’m strong now, mentally strong and physically strong.”

On whether his personal battle is an ongoing effort, Martin said, “It’s definitely behind me.”

That’s about all the meat on the bone from Martin as it relates to his health. He says his hamstring feels great, 100 percent and he’s monitoring it and focused on proper hydrating and stretching.’

49 Responses to “Doug Martin: “I Was There Long Enough””

  1. Bucsfanman Says:

    Now, hopefully, Doug can contribute to the team. Stay strong Dougie!

  2. Casual Observer Says:

    What a plus if he comes back strong.

  3. Jason Says:

    His reply of “it’s behind me” worries me a little. Any addict will tell you that it’s always going to be a struggle. You may be clean, but you’ll always be an addict.
    Having said that, maybe Doug wasn’t an addict, per se, and just had problems. I hope that’s the case for his sake, and the team’s.

  4. tmaxcon Says:

    it does not matter what he says. it will be nothing of substance just a bunch of feel good PC BS… Take the drugs out of the picture and you still have a very unreliable unproductive part time player at best. he’s not worth the time. you can find any dirtbag RB to screw their team over. you can’t trust him HISTORY proves that.

  5. rayjay1122 Says:

    Jason is right on point. Martin better not be over confident in his rehab or he may relapse.

  6. Gencoimports Says:

    Time will tell if he was there long enough. I believe he deserves another chance but that’s it.

  7. The Anomaly Says:

    I do not feel we can depend on him. The team should not either.

    I did not want them to resign him and that was before the drugs.

    Move on please. He has two good years and three bad ones. He’s not reliable at all.

  8. tmaxcon Says:

    rehab is a scam and nothing more than a money pit… relapse rates are in the 80 to 90% depending on which BS institution you prefer to believe. bad choices are not all diseases. rehab does not work it’s nothing more than a health care money pit. creates a few jobs but damn sure does not work. We need more personal responsibility and a lot less crutches and free passes for bad choices.


    Does anyone else feel like tmax is the guy who sits on his front porch in a lawn chair and yells at little kids to keep off his yard?

  10. Bucsfanman Says:


  11. tmaxcon Says:

    no i run seminars for neighborhood kids focusing on house egging, toilet paper tossing and the occasional donut in lawn. lost arts. oh and i cut the ones who can’t cut without mercy. it’s about winning everything else is an excuse. doug is done next.

  12. Bucsfanman Says:

    Yea, whatever happened to a good ‘ol house TP’ing?! We kept Charmin in business through the early years!!! Keep up the ‘good work’!!!

  13. tmaxcon Says:

    it’s all about giving the kids an opportunity to experience life outside the PC bubble

  14. Maze Says:

    Week Four is the mighty Hamster return

  15. tmaxcon Says:


    you know one of these gmc fanboy choirboy pc cops on this site that recently got his house egged is on the horn now …. I know he did it…

    I got me an Alibi!

  16. tmaxcon Says:

    mighty hamster is more like a broken gerbil

  17. martinii Says:

    I can’t say one way or another whether Doug will fully recover and rebound by having a productive year. What pisses me off are people that try to convince me in every post that he will fail. As a fan it is my most sincere desire that he will succeed and the Bic’s will benefit. As a human being I have faith that sometimes failure, as bad as it may seem can lead to renewed success. As a veteran I can assure you there are posters on this site that I would hate to go into combat with. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. Kick ass Doug and Go Bic’s.

  18. martinii Says:

    Buc’s, darn autocorrect.

  19. Bucsfanman Says:

    @tmax- In the eternal words of Eddie Murphy,”It wasn’t me!”

  20. Cobraboy Says:

    Often “rehab” isn’t for physical addiction where one needs to detox.

    More likely it’s to understand triggers which lead to “addictive” behaviors.

    Few drugs are physically addictive. Many are psychologically addictive.

    The unasked questions are: “Are you still hanging with the same people?” and “How have you changed your daily routine?”

    Folks are making waaaay too big a deal about “addiction” and “rehab.”

  21. MarineBucsFan Says:

    I’m sorry guys but I think I want Doug back?? I believe him when he says it’s behind him. And I don’t think he is or was an addict. That’s what these guys do when they pop, they go to rehab.

    What I do believe is this has to be a serious drug for him or the Bucs not to mention it, which is why even if it is a first time pop you go to rehab. There is nothing to be embarrassed about if it was Marijuana. Too many folks smoke weed for anyone to care.

    He took a hit of that crack cocaine LOL

  22. Eric Says:

    Okay from all reports that I’ve seen and I read a lot, maybe more than anyone in here to be honest, Doug was taking ecstacy. As far as what drug addicts say in rehab, ecstacy is not addictive. I can vouch. It can be quit at any given second.

    What I think was really happening here is doug took it on the weekends. It really isn’t that bad for you and you can function normally in society, as long as it’s clean. There is a hangover period but it’s kind of like alcohol and arguably not as bad. He didn’t think he would be tested for it as it eludes your system very quickly.

    He was tested and was caught and dropped it in no time. Nothing serious.

    As far as last year, well he was injured. That was irrelevant to the drug. However, it may have clouded his judgement on the field but I still stick by doug all day everyday.


  23. BucTrooper Says:

    It wasn’t Adderall. That much I know. Does he think we were born yesterday?

  24. Bucsfanman Says:

    Nothing would be more fitting than Doug returning to his 2015 form once he returns from his suspension.
    He’s currently the best back we have on the roster.

  25. Bucsfanman Says:

    I guess I should say “if he returns”.

  26. Pickgrin Says:

    Go get em Doug! Time to man up and focus exclusively on 1 thing and 1 thing only – resuming (resurrecting?) your football career.

  27. alamba78 Says:

    The drug in question is most likely Adderall. Regarding his addiction, he probably felt like he needed the extra help to stay on top and to compensate for any pain due to injuries. A lot of athletes abuse it from a performance standpoint. Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner, Chris Davis (MLB) all come to mind. It’s in and out of your system in a matter of 8 hours. To get caught is pure bad luck and bad timing from an athlete’s perspective. So, I think there are many many more players that abuse it and don’t get caught. Did it go undetected when he was the #2 rusher in the league? Who knows. Ultimately, the NFL (Not For Long) and the huge sums of money players earn make the stakes very very high.

  28. Mo_Downs Says:

    If Doug is able to put up good numbers then the fans will “put this behind us”.

    If not…….NEXT..!!

  29. alamba78 Says:

    Ok, so reports online suggest he either abused Adderall or Molly. I didn’t know anyone suspected him of taking Molly, but if that’s the case, then he was probably busted for that since it’s being kept so secretive. Adderall suspensions are advertised as such by the league.

  30. Cobraboy Says:

    The NFL does NOT test for recreational drugs during the season, and if they did and a player gets caught, it is called “Violation of the NFL’s Substance Abuse policy” and that is NOT what the NFL announced for Martin.

    The test for recreational drugs is only conducted, randomly (unless you got popped before) from April 20 to August 9, period.

    Martin is penalized for “Performance Enhancing Drugs”, aka PED’s.

    The claims that Martin was using recreational drugs is without one shred of fact unless you want to call the NFL legal guns liars.

    I posted the official NFL drug policies from the CBA once before.

    This crap never dies because rumor, innuendo and mertiless bullPelosi is stronger than fact.

  31. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Martin wasn’t an addict. He was probably using whatever drug as a cructch or was an occasional to frequent user. Not all drug users are addicts. And not all rehab patients are addicts either. Sometimes you are in a bad place in life and need to get steered in the right direction. he needed a push and he got it. Hopefully he is right and it is all behind him.

  32. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Cobra. Some recreational drugs might also be on the PED list. Just a thought.

  33. The Anomaly Says:

    Why would he need rehab for PEDs?

    Something isn’t right here and it starts with DM.

  34. Lord Cornelius Says:

    “Martin is penalized for “Performance Enhancing Drugs”, aka PED’s.”

    Dude needs a refund then because those drugs didn’t work for him last year lol

  35. Cobraboy Says:

    @Trubucfan: the official list of PED’s is on the CBA and addendums, are public domain ( have posted it before), and no, they’re not.

  36. alamba78 Says:

    Steve Duemig claims he was on Molly with eye witnesses and he claims the Bucs knew about it. Hmmm.

  37. Buccfan37 Says:

    Let’s go Doug!

  38. Lamarcus Says:

    Some one shut. Tmaxcon up. This guy is a joke

  39. D-Rome Says:

    Goodbye Doug.

  40. Mike Johnson Says:

    You tell’em Doug..None of your GD biz how long I was in rehab. All you need to know is, I’m good, healthy and recovered. Next question?

  41. ARGH_M8E Says:

    Can’t wait till we get a GREAT RB, been waiting… I’m crossing my fingers for free agent signing when there’s roster cuts or for Jermey McNichols to be ridiculously nasty! Doug is unreliable, period.

  42. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    “Cobraboy Says:
    May 25th, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Martin is penalized for “Performance Enhancing Drugs”, aka PED’s.”

    Here’s the list. Included on the stimulants list (pg 26) is Methylenedioxyamphetamine . Feel free to google that drug….aka mdma aka ecstasy

    Am i mistaken??

  43. Rod Munch Says:

    You don’t get addicted to ecstasy unless you’re truly a weak minded dullard. Jesus, when I was basically his age I did everything including x, not because I was a drug addict but because it was fun. If that’s what he got popped for and the team demanded he go to rehab, then so be it since they’re paying you millions, but it reminds me a soccer mom saying their is addicted to pot – if someone says they’re addicted to pot they’re basically saying they got the IQ of a shoe lace.

  44. Cobraboy Says:

    @Love & Dunn: not going to parse the difference between MDA and MDMA or Molly, or Ecstasy.

    But neither are adderall as was disclosed by an NFL source (who prolly got his peepee whacked.)

    Fact is NOBODY but Martin and the NFL drug agents know what he took, and it’s against NFL policy & the CBA for them to say *anything* about it.

    Factually, it’s all speculation and rumor. Bit I understand some revel in rumor and innuendo.

  45. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    Certainly not implying x is addictive. PR. Gotta play the game.

  46. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    Occam’s razor….

  47. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    Also the source about adderal is unnamed. Could have been his camp. In fact the cba allows the players side to say whatever they want, just the NFL can’t comment either way.

  48. Cobraboy Says:

    Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    Also the source about adderal is unnamed. Could have been his camp. In fact the cba allows the players side to say whatever they want, just the NFL can’t comment either way.

    Actually, it was Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

  49. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:


    Are you kidding? Yes, the “reporter” Ian Rappaport “reported” it was adderall.

    The reporting part was when he said “I’m told”. The unnamed part was when he didn’t say who told him.

    The reality is drugs widely considered of abuse are also on the PED list. We can all make our own decisions on why he agreed on record that he went to rehab. Like I said, Occam’s Razor