Nov 24, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington reacts against the Indianapolis Colts at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
The verdict of the fate of Arizona Cardinals Linebacker Daryl Washington is finally come down from commissioner Rodger Goodell, and boy did he come down with the hammer.
According to Washington has been suspended for the entire 2014 season due to a second violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. A second infraction is suspension for one year without pay. This is unrelated to his domestic violence case.
This will indeed hit the Cardinals with a blow that they probably did not expect, and at the moment there has been no comment made by the team’s management or coaches.
Washington pleaded guilty to an aggravated assault charge and was sentenced to one year supervised probation, and the felony he originally was charged with will be reduced to a misdemeanor should washington complete his probation year without a violation.
The suspension was a surprise only in the sense in why he got suspended. It was initially reported as a one year suspension but no details had been provided. Washington released a statement indicating he is taking responsibility and realizes he let his team and fans down. Indeed he has.