Defensive tackle Adolphus Washington made his first public comments since the solicitation arrest that ended his college football career, apologizing at the NFL Combine for his actions.
“First off, I just want to apologize to Buckeye Nation, to my teammates, to my family,” he said. “I made a really dumb, impulsive decision and had to pay the penalty for it. But as of Monday, the case was dismissed so that’s what it is.
“I think about it on a daily basis. Like I said, it was a really dumb, impulsive decision. To not end my college career the way I wanted to, that took a big toll on me. But I had to eventually move on and start training for the next level.”
Washington was suspended for Ohio State’s Fiesta Bowl matchup against Notre Dame not because of the solicitation charge but because he was carrying a handgun (albeit one he had a permit for), which is against OSU team rules. He initially worried that he had done far more damage to his career.
“That was the first thing that ran through my mind – that maybe my career was over,” he said. “But I talked to Ryan Stamper and my attorney and a bunch of people. Also, after that happened, once I found out I wasn’t playing, I hired an agent and he was doing damage control. But that was the first thing that went through my mind.”
Washington said he’s been open to NFL teams at the combine about his mistake but is trying to convince executives it was a one-time mistake.
“Just to be up front and honest,” he said. “Like I said, up to this point, I’d never gotten in trouble, never failed a drug test, never did drugs, never did anything. It was just an impulsive decision and I had to pay the price for it.”
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