Dimitri Patterson claims he didn’t go AWOL ( absent without leave ) from the New York Jets.
The Jets cornerback denied claims that he went missing for several days without contacting the team, he was suspended by General manager John Idzik.
Patterson returns in full on Monday to practice with the team for the season opener.
“As it relates to my whereabouts and me missing for 48 hours without being seen or heard from me or my representative is completely false,” Patterson reportedly wrote in a statement Thursday morning to ESPN television reporter Josina Anderson. “My agent [Drew Rosenhaus] reached out to the Jets organization multiple times several hours prior to Friday night’s game.”
He further stated;
“My commitment to the Jets organization and to my teammates has never been an issue and never will be an issue. As it relates to the rumors about my frustration in regards to the depth chart is totally and completely false. In nine years I have never had control over the depth chart.”
General manager John Idzik had announced Monday that Patterson was suspended “indefinitely” after the cornerback had failed to show up for Friday’s pre-season game against the Giants. He started that there were personal issues involved.
The Jets have not conveyed whether further discipline is warranted.