The NFL announced on Monday that Denver Broncos Outside linebacker Randy Gregory W Los Angeles Rams Offensive lineman Uday Aboshi was suspended one game without pay for his roles in a postgame fight after Sunday’s game. The altercation occurred when the players met to exchange handshakes after the Rams won 51-14 at Sofi Stadium. Players can appeal and Gregory has announced that he will.
Here’s a look at what happened after the Week 16 game:
It looked as if Gregory had hit Aboshi in the helmet, and it seemed to annoy Aboshi and make him retaliate with a shove. Then they were separated.
Afterwards, Gregory confesses to beating Apushi. He said: “If you wanted to know if I hit him in the mouth, you did” (via 9News). And I got one back.”
On Monday evening, Gregory issued a statement apologizing for his actions (Via NFL Media):
Dear Broncos, I would like to thank my amazing teammates, staff and fans who have supported me throughout this frustrating season. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely apologize for my actions yesterday. To play with pride and to be part of the solution and not the problem moving forward. Thank you.”
NFL Vice President of Football Operations John Runyan wrote a letter to Gregory and Aposhi warning them of the injury their actions could cause and explaining how it did not align with what was expected of them from the league.
The message read: “As you were walking towards a group of your teammates, coaches and media, you both stopped and took a swing at each other’s head and/or neck” (via NFL.com). “Your aggressive behavior could have caused serious injury and clearly does not reflect the high standards of sportsmanship expected of a professional.”
If the players appeal this appeal and win this appeal, they will be eligible to return to their respective teams on Monday, January 2. Kansas City Chiefs On January 1, while the Rams take on Los Angeles Chargers in the same day.
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