Dillashaw issues statement on suspension. Doesn’t apologize to opponents

TJ Dillashaw took to his Instagram and issued a statement about his 2-year suspension. He seemed disappointed in himself and apologized to everyone. That is, everyone except his past opponents.

“I messed up. I’ve been having a hard time trying to forgive myself for this, which I should have a hard time. I should have a hard time forgiving myself. I understand criticism and scrutiny coming my way, but what I really feel bad about is the kind of bad light I’m bringing on my coaches, my family, and my teammates. They had no involvement in this and I feel the worst for them. I have a 15-month-old son that I want to be a role model for. I’m sure there’s a lot of other kids out there too, it’s tough. But I gotta man up to what I did. I accepted all penalties and didn’t try to fight this thing.

I’m gonna sit for the next two years. January 18, 2021, I’m allowed to come back. I got shoulder surgery yesterday on my right shoulder. 2 months later I’m getting my left one done. I’ve had torn rotator cuffs and labrums for the last 2 1/2 years I’ve been dealing with. It’ll be nice to get those healed up for a comeback.

I’ve had people just tell me I should disappear and let this stuff die out. I don’t think that’s the way of handling this thing. Trust me, I’d love to run away and go hide in a cave for the next 2 years and continue to grow out this shitty beard.

This is who I am. I’m a fighter and I have to fight my way through this one. I apologize to my fans, anyone I’ve let down, obviously my family, my coaches, my teammates. I can’t say sorry enough for stuff that you’re dealing with because of me. But this won’t be the end of me; I’ll be back and I’m making a promise now that I’ll be back better and stronger.

I’ll prove that the hard work that I put in will allow me to come back and not the bad decisions that I’ve made. All I can do is to redeem myself is work hard, be better. I want to be better and I will.”


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