This is really sad news if you’re an avid viewer of “Hard Knocks” like myself. According to ESPN, Cincinnati Bengals defensive end DeQuin Evans has been suspended for eight games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. This was reported on @ESPNNFL Twitter account:
THIS JUST IN: NFL announces 8 game suspension of Bengals DE DeQuin Evans for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substance policy.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) August 30, 2013
If you don’t watch HBO’s Hard Knocks, you might not understand why this is such sad, troubling news. Evans, a third year player for the Bengals, was fighting to make the team once again and the latest episode of the HBO series chronicled his early life growing up in Compton and using football as an escape from the dangers that faced him there.
“This is not hard,” Evans said on Hard Knocks. “Hard is when your Mom is trying to feed a family of four, and you guys don’t have no father in your home, and she’s on welfare. That’s hard.”
He seems like a nice kid with the perspective of a savvy veteran, but this lapse in judgement could likely cost him a spot on the roster. It could also harm his future in the NFL, as he has already served a four-game suspension, also for violating the NFL PED policy, back in 2011.