Julian Edelman talks to Peter King about PED suspension: ‘It’ll never happen again’

Lucy Burdge
February 11, 2019 - 9:25 am

Julian Edelman spoke with Peter King this weekend about the highs and lows of this past season, which ended with him being named Super Bowl MVP.

But he reflected on his ACL injury and the four-game suspension he was served after testing positive for a banned substance at the start of the season.

“After going through this whole year these last 24 months of my life have been a roller coaster,” Edelman said. “You go out and you tear an ACL. Then all of a sudden you have a suspension that you’re facing. A lot of things go down and then you end up … a huge low of your life. Because football is life. That’s what people don’t understand with me. This is what I am. This is what I was put here to do. This is what I sacrificed all my time for—my friends, my family, everything like that … And then when you’re told you can’t play football for four weeks because of something that happened that you really can’t get into because you really don’t know what happened, it’s tough. You learn a lot from that.”

“When that happened, I had a strong corner behind me,” he said of the suspension. “My father and I kind of just sat back and said, ‘All right, we have a problem here. What’s this problem? Let’s make sure this never happens again. Let’s own up to it. Let’s take your penalty like a man, regardless of the circumstances.’ … From this whole thing, I’ve learned that you’ve just got to stay in your routine, and you’ve just got to work your way out of it. People don’t know what happened. I can’t sit here and [due to> the league rules say what happened.”

When King asked Edelman if he thinks the suspension was unjust, Edelman did not directly respond but he did apologize for what happened.

“I’m not going down that road,” he said. “I served what I had to serve and I accept that. I know a lot of people were disappointed in me for it. I apologize. It’ll never happen again.”