After being charged with possession of marijuana and after falling from a fourth-floor window of an Atlanta area hotel this weekend, Ole Miss star defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche issued an apology for his recent behavior on Tuesday. He does, though, deny using synthetic drugs and disputes some media reports as inaccurate.
“I want to apologize to Rebel Nation, my teammates and my coaches for my actions last weekend. I made a mistake and put myself in an environment that does not reflect who I am as a person.
“Contrary to a report by Fox Sports I did not use synthetic drugs. I realize the dangers of drugs and alcohol and regret the lapse in judgment. 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. 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. 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.”
Nkemdiche, a 6’4”, 296-pound junior defensive tackle from Loganville, Georgia, is coming off a 2015 campaign in which he registered 29 tackles, three sacks, and two pass deflections. He has has been a stalwart for the Rebels’ defense for years and he is looking to play in Ole Miss’ Sugar Bowl game against Oklahoma State.
Earlier in the year Nkemdiche’s brother Denzel was hospitalized for a non-life-threatening issue.