The day before the Miami Dolphins were scheduled to face off against the Los Angeles Chargers, Lawrence Timmons’ whereabouts were unknown to the team. The situation became scary enough that the Dolphins actually filed a missing persons report.
It turns out the Miami Dolphins linebacker was at LAX early Sunday morning in a boarding area, trying to get to Pennsylvania.
On Wednesday, he finally got a chance to speak to reporters, but still didn’t explain why he went missing:
“I just want to say sorry to all the fans, the Miami Dolphins, to everyone,” Timmons said, per the Miami Herald. “Happy to be back here. Sorry to the organization. I’m just happy to be a Miami Dolphin. I just want to play football and be the best I can.”
The Miami Herald’s Adam Beasley described how reporters tried to get an explanation from Timmons, but to no avail:
After that, any attempt to dig out information on why he disappeared from the team — and even if it would happen again — was akin removing bedrock with a spork.
Most every answer was a variation of what he already said — that Timmons is “just happy to be a Miami Dolphin and play football and be here.” (Timmons said the word happy 19 times in just over two minutes.)
There may have been a reason as to why Timmons was so mum on the situation, and it had everything to do with head coach Adam Gase.
You aren’t hearing details about Lawrence Timmons’ situation because Gase (while also not happy) is doing all he can to keep it private.
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) September 19, 2017
But alas, nothing ever stays a secret for too long.
CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora provided some insight regarding a situation that happened with Timmons before the season, which lead to what he did during the season.
“Sources said he told former Steelers teammates he wanted to be back in Pittsburgh and said things along of the lines of it was a mistake to have ever left. He caught former teammates, coaches and Steelers officials off guard by his presence there as an under-contract player to another team, but still no one expected what came next.
Timmons did report to California the following Monday, where the Dolphins were practicing all week ahead of their Week 2 game at the Chargers, but then went missing from the team hotel that Saturday evening and into Sunday morning. Sources said when Timmons was tracked down at the airport he told law enforcement that he was trying to get home to Pittsburgh and that he appeared disoriented. Los Angeles police had in fact contacted Pittsburgh police in their efforts to originally locate Timmons, sources said, with the Dolphins believing at one point he may have already returned to Pennsylvania, where his child lives.”