After serving his four game league suspension, Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Jimmy Smith has been cleared by the NFL to rejoin the team. Smith was suspended for the first four regular season games for violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy.
"I would like to begin by reiterating how truly sorry I am," said Smith. "I take full responsibility for the actions that have put my family, my team and myself in this situation. The best way for me to apologize to my family, the Jaguars and the fans is to never let anything like this happen again. Actions speak louder than words, and I understand that it is up to me to show you, not tell you, how sorry I am."
"The past six weeks has been one of the toughest times of my life. Working to overcome my problem, while knowing what a difficult position I have put so many people in, is hard to come to terms with. But I am working hard to do so because it is critical to my recovery. I understand that my recovery is something I must work at every day, and can never take for granted. Although I don't deserve it based on my actions, I truly appreciate all of the support I have received over the past six weeks. I will not let you down."
Jaguars Chairman/CEO Wayne Weaver said, "We are glad to see Jimmy back. This is an important time for him, and we will be supportive in helping him in his return. This is a very personal issue, and we hope we can all move forward with a focus on a more positive future."