The first person to share news of Benjamin Watson's four-game suspension was ... Benjamin Watson.
The New England Patriots tight end opted for full transparency on May 26, posting a personal statement to his Facebook page that detailed exactly how and why the NFL suspended him.
Watson was asked at the Patriots' first day of minicamp Tuesday why he felt the need to write that statement and gave an equally candid answer.
"I feel like I put as much into the statement as I could. I tried to be as transparent and honest as I could about the situation," Watson told reporters outside Gillette Stadium.
Watson, who signed a one-year contract with the Patriots on May 10, admitted he has "great disappointment" about missing the first four games for his new (old) team, but was glad to get the news off his chest.
"I do feel good about what I said," Watson said. "I feel good about just being honest about it and just telling people what happened."
While most NFL players release statements after their suspensions, Watson was one of the few to break the news himself. The 38-year-old isn't sure if others will follow his lead, but he seemed to have a pretty good reason for the route he took.
"I just wanted to address my (suspension) specifically, not be blanket, but address mine specifically about what happened," Watson added. "I don't know if guys will look at it or not. The one thing I can say is that trying to pursue integrity in general in your life is always a good thing. It may not always be an easy thing, but it's always a good thing.
"Trying to pursue honesty in your life is always a good thing. It may not be an easy thing. And that was my intention by releasing the statement and putting it out there."
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