Falcons cornerback Jalen Collins, who was suspended by the league for 10-games, briefly addressed the media on Monday.
Collins will not be paid and will miss out on $546,141 in salary.
Here’s what Collins, who was also suspended for four games last season, had to say:
“So, I addressed the team and talked to DQ (Dan Quinn). Everybody knows what’s going on. I know I let a lot of people down. Everybody is really disappointing, including myself. This is something that I’ve been struggling with. I’m working on it, to put behind me and I’m ready to move forward.”
After last year, is this something different from last year? Or the same thing? “We are not really going to get into specifics. I made a mistake and I’m going to learn from it.”
On the breach of trust: “Just take care of things on my end and when I’m in the building give everything to the team. Try to be the best teammate and the best brother that I can be.”
On staying involved: “I feel that it’s really important even though I won’t be in the building, I still want to be there for my brothers and to help them our as much as I can and anyway possible.”
On when he knew about the matter. “It was recently decided. We didn’t really know what was going on. We know now and we are headed in that direction.”
On when he first knew (He denied having an issue with the league last Tuesday while the matter was under appeal): “We knew, but we didn’t know what was going to happen.”
On what happened. “I made a mistake. I let a lot of people down. I’m really just trying to move on. I know what I’ve got to do to get past this.”