Robert Nkemdiche came to Ole Miss three years ago to play with his brother, former Rebels linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche. But the younger Nkemdiche said he will be distancing himself from his brother as he gets ready to join the NFL.
The defensive lineman addressed his relationship with his brother and other off-field concerns at Ole Miss’ pro day on Monday. He said the two will not be living together once he is drafted.
“Me and Denzel and the family have come to a point where we’re going to be separated for the beginning of my career,” Nkemdiche said, according to Rebel247.com’s Michael Quirk. “We’re going to keep football where football needs to be and handle that.”
Robert Nkemdiche’s decision to stay away from his estranged brother doesn’t mean there is animosity between the two. The brothers will still remain connected, even if it isn’t in Oxford, Miss.
“It’s not really tough because we’re at a point in our lives where we’re grown up,” Robert Nkemdiche said, according to Quirk. “We have to understand the situations and some things have to happen. It’s tough love. I’m always going to be there for him, it’s not like he’s not going to come to no games or it’s not like I’m not going to see him.”
The Nkemdiche brothers have gotten into their share of off-field incidents during the past year. Robert was charged with possession of marijuana following an incident during which he fell out of a hotel window. Denzel was hospitalized twice last year and was dismissed from the program last season.
Robert Nkemdiche was once considered a potential top-five pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, but his status has been muddled by his questionable history off the gridiron. His superb talent could be counteracted by his questionable off-field decisions.