Odell Beckham Jr. has spoken out after his one-match suspension was upheld by the NFL on Wednesday.
Beckham will miss the New York Giants' game against the Minnesota Vikings after engaging in a personal battle with the Carolina Panthers' cornerback Josh Norman throughout the game, with a late helmet-to-helmet clash by the Giants star his biggest offence.
Beckham appealed the ban, but it was thrown out by NFL appeals officer James Thrash.
In a statement released via his official Twitter account, Beckham apologised for his conduct.
"I appealed my suspension because it is a right granted to all players under the NFL's CBA and because I owe it to my teammates to do everything I can to be on the field this week," Beckham said.
"Regardless of the outcome of my appeal, I apologise for my actions on Sunday. I work hard to be great and accepting the blessing of having the physical skills to play at this level brings the responsibility to conduct myself in a certain way on and off the field.
"Sportsmanship and respecting the game are as important as blocking, running routes and catching the football.
"I dropped the ball on sportsmanship on Sunday.
"I apologise to my teammates, the Giants organisation, and to all the fans of the NFL."