The following statement was just released from Ole Miss media relations and is attributed to Robert Nkemdiche.
He makes a formal apology. He cites a media report and denies using synthetic drugs. He does not deny or address the possibility of the use of other drugs after having been charged with possession of marijuana by Atlanta police.
He says he hopes to finish this year’s journey with his brothers which sounds like a plea to play in the Sugar Bowl.
“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.”