NEW ORLEANS – Suspended Saints receiver Willie Snead sent out a Tweet late Friday apologizing to the team and its fans for the three game suspension that was announced Friday and which will keep the ace receiver out of the lineup for the season’s first three games.
Reports from Adam Schefter of ESPN said that Snead was cited for DUI and that the initial suspension was for four games and later reduced to three. Head coach Sean Payton confirmed the DUI being the reason for the suspension.
“I am truly disappointed &embarrassed by my actions that have lead (SIC) to this decision.”
Snead caught 141 passes over the past two seasons and he will be missed as a target for Drew Brees.
"This one hurts," said WWL-TV Sports Director Doug Mouton. "Willie Snead is a terrific slot receiver who caught 141 passes over the past two seasons. My guess is that TommyLee Lewis will get that role in the first few games."
Payton said the incident was out of character for Snead.
“Obviously, it’s unfortunate and I think knowing Willie, it’s a bit surprising.”
Snead said in his Tweet that he couldn’t change the past, but could change the future.
“I can’t change what happened, but I can make sure that this never happens again. I won’t let this careless act define my career in the NFL or in life.”