Chiefs’ LB Hali suspended a game for a substance abuse violation

Kansas City Chiefs announced Monday that linebacker Tamba Hali is suspended for the first game of the 2012 season.

Chiefs GM Scott Pioli said in a statement released by the team.”Tamba’s situation is unfortunate,” “Obviously, we are disappointed and will miss him during this suspension, but the NFL’s policies are very clear and we respect the league’s decision in this matter. We are unable to comment further on this matter or any aspect of the NFL’s Drug Policy.”

The Chiefs are playing the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1 and they have the potential to score at will; this is the wrong time to have an important piece of an up-and-coming defense sitting at home.

Hali is considered one of the top pass-rushing outside linebackers in the NFL and in August of 2011, the Chiefs rewarded Hali’s play by giving him a 5yr / $60 million contract.

Hali issued an apology on Monday to the media at Arrowhead Stadium.  “I apologize to my teammates, the Hunt family, the Kansas City Chiefs organization and most importantly, our fans,” Hali said. “I accept the discipline from the league and will return week 2 of the NFL season with a commitment to erase this mistake with my play on the field and my conduct off of it.”

Written by – Arnold Glass II – AFC West Writer





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