FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ravens' CB Fabian Washington has been suspended by the NFL for the first game of the regular season – Sept. 7 against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium.
Here are statements from Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and Washington, who was notified of the suspension between practices today:
"We had knowledge of Fabian's situation prior to the trade we made for him. Based on the NFL's personal conduct policy, and Fabian's agreement with the authorities, we knew that a suspension was a possibility. Fabian knows his actions were a mistake and has taken appropriate actions since then."
"I put myself in a bad situation, and I did not handle it the right way. I was wrong and made a mistake. My girlfriend, my attorney and I wanted a quick resolution and knew that a suspension could happen."
STATEMENT BY AN NFL SPOKESPERSON:
Fabian Washington of the Baltimore Ravens has been suspended without pay for the team's first regular-season game of 2008 for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy.
Washington's suspension begins on Saturday, August 30. He is eligible to return to the Ravens' active roster on Monday, September 8 following the team's September 7 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Washington may participate in all preseason practices and games.