Josh Evans' Violation Is Revealed

By Sean M. Deegan
Publisher, Jets
July 9th, 2003
There has been speculation as to what exactly Josh Evans’ violation was. Well, it’s finally been confirmed. Also, Jets Add Two: Jets has learned that the teams has added two to the roster. A center off waivers and a FA defensive end.

We can now officially award Jets DT Josh Evans with the “Bonehead of the Century” award. After the news came out that Evans had again violated the NFL’s substance abuse policy and was facing a lifetime ban, the big question was, what did he do? Was it marijuana? Cocaine? Heroine? Crack?

When Jets was at the team OTA’s in June, Evans pleaded his innocence to us on several occasions “I didn’t smoke nothing.” was the quote that Evans kept repeating to us. Well, it ends up that Evans was telling the truth. He didn’t smoke, snort or inject anything. What he did was miss a scheduled test. CBS has confirmed that this is the reason he was suspended. In the NFL’s eyes, missing a test is the same as testing positive. JOSH! ARE YOU KIDDING ME???

For this idiotic miscue, Josh Evans and his team will be punished dearly. Evans will lose millions of dollars and possibly his career and livelihood. The Jets lose a key player who was counted on to contribute this season and seasons to come.

It is unbelievable to me that someone can be so stupid with so much on the line. What is even more disappointing is the way Evans let down Coach Edwards and the Jets Staff after they stood behind and believed in him. With the numerous chances Evans has been given, I am amazed that he was so careless as to miss a test. Especially since he was well aware of the consequences.

Josh, you may be a great guy and an excellent football player but you have officially been crowned the “Jets Bonehead of the Century”.. If I were Terry Bradway, you would have been on waivers five minutes after the suspension.

In other Jets news, The team announced today they have been awarded C Matt O'Neal off waivers and they have signed FA DE Salem Simon.

O'Neal, a 6-3, 290-pound center spent a portion of the 2002 season as a member of the Miami Dolphins' practice squad after participating in the Jets' 2002 training camp. Originally signed by Atlanta as a rookie free agent 4/28/00, he spent all of the 2000 season on injured reserved after tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament in the team's final preseason game on 8/24/00.

Simon, a 6-3, 283-pound defensive end joined the club after playing a season with the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe. He began his pro career as a rookie free agent with the Baltimore Ravens before being waived on 8/31/02. He also served a stint with the Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League.

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