“I apologize for letting down my family, teammates, this organization and the fans," Richardson said in a statement via the Jets, per Fox Sports. "However, words aren't enough. This is something that can only be addressed by how I handle myself from this point on. I don't want this to take away from what the team is trying to accomplish. While I won't be there at the start of the regular season, I will do whatever I can to support my teammates until I'm able to return to the field.”
Richardson, who was a 2013 first-round pick, is entering his third season in the NFL. He was the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013 and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2014.
He has totaled 84 tackles and 11 1/2 sacks in 32 career games. He also has one safety.
"Personal. Nothing more, nothing less," Richardson said when asked about his absence, via ESPN.com.
Richardson took some heat from fans on Twitter after posting a tweet saying he has a "life outside of football." Richardson, however, isn't concerned what people think about his decision not to show up for part of the team's OTA practices.
"Hate me or love me, that’s just the way it goes," he said. "I’m gonna play ball regardless."
Wilkerson has skipped the voluntary portion of the Jets' offseason activities due to a contract dispute.
Richardson's explanation isn't likely to win anyone over.
Richardson went on Twitter and told fans he missed the workouts because, "I have a life outside of football."
"I chose to enjoy my family a little longer," he continued. "So to (you) fans that know everything, please worry 'bout yourself."
Richardson pointed out in another tweet that he "jus' wasn't at practice," but that he was still "putting in work tho'"
Wednesday marked the second day of the Jets' 10-day voluntary workout program. Marshall was present on the first day but Richardson was not.
Jets coach Todd Bowles said Marshall was absent on Wednesday because he "had something to take care of, but "it wasn't conveyed" to him why Richardson was not there.
Richardson was the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013 and is projected to play a key role on the Jets' defense.
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