Berea (WOIO) - Browns cornerback Joe Haden returned to the team Monday after a four0game suspension and apologized to his teammates and fans for testing positive for a performance enhancing drug.
"I would like to apologize to my fans, Haden Nation, the Cleveland Browns organization, front office, all the coaches," Haden said on Monday. "I hurt a lot of people. I hurt myself for sure. But I hurt a lot of people with the decision I made, and I just want everybody to know that I sincerely apologize from the bottom of my heart."
Haden admitted it was Adderall he took which triggered the suspension. "It was just a mistake, just a very dumb mistake and it wasn't in any intent to hurt anybody or hurt the team or hurt anybody in that kind of way. It was just a young man making a decision I shouldn't have made."
The team went 0-4 during his absence and the defensive backs in his place looked lost at times. "I see what the fans see, like all of the replays and how the games can just have your stomach, because sometimes when I'm playing the game and the offense is on, I'm sitting down trying to get corrections for the defense and I'm not really being able to be into it. When you see every snap from every angle it's just a whole different look, and I didn't like that look at all," the third-year cornerback said.
Haden also said he got engaged during his suspension.