PRO FOOTBALL / DAILY REPORT : AROUND THE NFL : Dexter Manley Decides to Retire After Failing Another Drug Test
Dexter Manley, once suspended for a year by the NFL for drug use, said Thursday he is retiring from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after failing another drug test. At an emotional news conference, Manley said he had “suffered a setback,” in his battle against drugs.
With tears streaming down his face, he said: “I knew what was at stake. I used poor judgment. I think what’s important now is my life, not the material things that football has given me, but fighting to stay alive, to lead a productive life and to take care of my family.”
There was no indication what drug was involved.
Asked if Manley could be reinstated, Joe Browne, the league’s vice president of communications, said: “At this time, I cannot foresee any circumstance under which Manley will ever play again in the NFL.”