Three days after falling 15 feet from an Atlanta hotel, Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche has released a statement.
“I want to apologize to Rebel Nation, my teammates and my coaches for my actions last weekend,” Nkemdiche said in a portion of the statement. “I made a mistake and put myself in an environment that does not reflect who I am as a person.”
Nkemdiche was charged with possession of marijuana Monday. A police officer found “approximately (seven) rolled marijuana cigarettes, rolled in Cigarillo Blunt papers”, according to the police report.
A report from Clay Travis of FOX Sports claimed Nkemdiche was under the influence of synthetic marijuana at the time of the incident, but Nkemdiche denied those claims in his statement.
“Contrary to a report by FOX Sports, I did not use synthetic drugs,” Nkemdiche said. “I realize the dangers of drugs and alcohol and regret the lapse in judgement. This does not reflect the core values that my mother and father instilled in our family. I am a very spiritual person, and drugs have no place in my belief system. As I move forward, I have learned a valuable lesson about the ramifications of a bad decision.”
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze addressed the matter at a press conference Monday and said he wanted to gather the facts and have a meeting with Nkemdiche before making a ruling on his status for the Rebels showdown against Oklahoma State in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1.
“I have worked very hard to have this platform, and I want to use it in the right way and be a role model for young players,” Nkemdiche said. “I am sorry for putting Coach Freeze in this position and will accept whatever consequences are necessary, but my hope is to finish this year’s journey with my brothers.”