Another New York Jets' start to the NFL season is up in smoke, this time it is offensive lineman Oday Aboushi, who on Thursday was suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Early this year, Aboushi was pulled over near the team's facility and marijuana was found in his vehicle. His agency, Sportstars Inc. issued a release shortly after the league announced his suspension:
“Oday was pulled over for a traffic stop in Morris Plains, New Jerseyon Jan.10, 2015. During the stop, police recovered a very small amount of marijuana from his vehicle. Oday accepted responsibility for the traffic infraction and all other charges were dismissed.”
Head coach Todd Bowles, in a statement issued by the team where Aboushi also apologized, said that “News like this is never welcome. We will support Oday as we continue with our preparations for the upcoming season.”
After an offseason dominated by big free agent signings and a good NFL Draft, the last month has been a buzzkill as this is the third not-so-good incident for the Jets during that stretch. At the start of training camp, news came out of Sheldon Richardson's arrest near his hometown in Missouri then last week, quarterback Geno Smith was sucker-punched by linebacker IK Enemkpali, who was cut by the Jets then summarily signed by the Buffalo Bills.
Aboushi will be eligible to play in preseason but will sit-out the first week of the season. He is set to enter his third year in the league.