Ricky speaks ...

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:17 AM ET

- The mysterious drug that caused the fourth substance abuse violation:

"It's all speculation. Honestly I don't know what happened. I still have to be reinstated back to the NFL, so it doesn't behoove me to talk about what was right and what was wrong. I made a statement that I respect the decision. To go into details of why it's not fair or why it is fair, it's going to get me into trouble."

- Reacting to losing the appeal to overturn his NFL suspension:

"It's easy. It's all about action. The first thing I did (after losing an appeal to overturn the suspension) is I went back to the ashram (a spiritual retreat in Grass Valley, Calif.), thinking positive, doing positive things. When you put yourself in a positive place, then you're a positive person. If you sit there and you think and you sulk and you say it's not fair then you have no place to go, but to a negative place."

- On critical reaction by people who don't believe he should be allowed to play in the CFL while suspended:

"They make it about me, but really I have nothing to do with it. I didn't call the Argos and say: 'Please give me a second chance.' So it has nothing to do with me. The situation called me, so it's not whether I deserve a second chance or I don't because I didn't have any say in it.

"To be honest, when I heard the news that this was becoming more and more serious, I wasn't necessarily happy about it. I was perfectly content and looking forward to teaching yoga (in San Francisco). It took me a couple days to accept I had a chance to be coming up here and playing football.

"If I was pushed away or suspended and I was leaving football, then I was free. But if football is pulling me back, then that means I'm not free."


Photos