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PATRIOTS: Harmon issues an apology

Patriots safety Duron Harmon was reportedly denied entry into Costa Rica after marijuana was found in his luggage.

Duron Harmon has issued an apology for an incident that reportedly led to his detainment at Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaria International Airport the previous day.

The Costa Rica Star reported that Harmon was denied entry into the country when, during a routine check, “airport police found in his luggage 58 grams of marijuana inside a can of iced tea; he was also carrying three pipes with cannabis oil, a THC candy and four glass containers with compressed marijuana that weighed 4.3 grams.

“Although the quantities are not big, he was temporarily detained and then sent back to the United States,” the newspaper reported.

In an Instagram post on Saturday night, Harmon apologized.

“I would like to extend my deepest regrets and sincerest apologies to Patriots fans, my teammates, my coaches, the Krafts (team owner Robert Kraft and his family) and the NFL,” Harmon said in his Instagram post. “In addition, I apologize to my friends, family and especially my wife and two sons. Friday does not represent who I am or the person I strive to be. I am committed to doing everything within my power to regain the trust and respect of everyone who believes me as an athlete, role model, person and friend. I appreciate your understanding and, once again, I apologize with all my heart.”

Earlier Saturday, a Patriots spokesperson acknowledged that the team was aware of the matter.

“We are aware of the situation involving Duron Harmon Friday night in Costa Rica,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “He has since returned to the U.S. and we are seeking to gain more information. At this time, we have no further update.”

Harmon could be subject to discipline by the NFL.

A third-round pick of the Patriots in the 2013 draft, Harmon has appeared in 79 of the team’s 80 regular-season games and all 13 of their postseason games since then.

With his rookie contract up, Harmon signed on for another four years with the Patriots in 2017. Viewed as one of the team leaders, he was subsequently elected a first-time captain last year.

The 27-year-old Harmon led the Patriots in interceptions with four during the 2017 regular season and added another in the Super Bowl, picking off Nick Foles near the goal line in the second quarter of the Pats’ 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

SOURCE: PATRIOT LEDGER

PATRIOTS: Harmon issues an apology

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