Monday, August 20, 2012

Tamba Hali OLB Kansas City Chiefs

During the last two seasons with the Chiefs, outside linebacker Tamba Hali has registered 27 sacks and 8 forced fumbles. Now, the Chiefs will have to wait to see him play this season.

Hali has been suspended by the league for a violation of the substance abuse policy for one game. While typically a first suspension is 4 games, this one seems short and no reason was given immediately. Hali will also be docked one additional games pay. The Chiefs will be without Hali when they open up the season against the Atlanta Falcons.

Will update when more news comes out.

Update: GM Scott Pioli has issued a statement regarding the suspension, though nothing new to report from the statement:

"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.”

For reference, from the NFL league policy - Cocaine, Marijuana, Amphetamines, Opioids and Opiates, PCP and MDMA (Ecstasy), and any other substances required by the Medical Director are prohibited under the substance abuse policy.

Update: Tamba Hali's suspension, per Mike Florio and a  source with knowledge of the situation, was due to an arrest - and more likely a marijuana arrest.

It would make sense that it wasn't a DUI or alcohol related arrest due to the fact that numerous arrests this offseason for DUI have resulted in zero suspensions under the substance abuse policy (Aaron Berry was just suspended 3 games after getting a DUI this offseason, however he was also arrested on gun charges this offseason and it was a suspension under the personal conduct policy)

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