Aug 10, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali (91) on the sidelines against the Arizona Cardinals in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 27-17. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE
This is not a joke. Here's the NFL statement:
Tamba Hali of the Kansas City Chiefs has been suspended without pay for the team's first 2012 regular-season game and fined one additional game check for violating the NFL policy on substance abuse.
Hali will be eligible to return to the Chiefs' active roster on Monday, September 10 following the team's September 9 game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Hali is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.
The keys: 1.) suspended for the Chiefs regular season opener 2.) can return on Monday, September 10 and 3.) can participate in the Chiefs preseason practices and games.
I don't even know how to react to this. It's like I can't even process the news. Tamba Hali is not someone with which you associate anything negative.
Tamba violating the NFL policy on substance abuse?