To say that Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller had a bad week in the boxing community would be a very small understatement.
The undefeated heavyweight went from a potential shot at the championship fight against Anthony Joshua in his backyard at Madison Square Garden on June 1st to being unable to box in own state after a third failed drug test for banned substances was revealed on Friday afternoon.
At first, he originally denied ever knowingly using a banned substance and stated he would appeal the New York State Athletic Commission’s refusal to give him a boxing license.
On his Instagram Friday evening, however, he came clean and addressed the situation in a video.
“This is your boy ‘Big Baby’ Miller here. A lot can be said right now, I’m going to get straight to the point,” Miller started in his Instagram post Friday.
“I messed up, I messed up, I made a bad call. A lot of ways to handle the situation, I handled it wrongly and I’m paying the price for it. Missed out on a big opportunity and I’m hurting on the inside.”
“My heart is bleeding right now. I hurt my family, my friends, my team, my supporters, but I’m owning up to it. I’m going to deal with it, I’m going to correct it. I’m going to come back better and I’m humbled by the experience to understand how to handle certain things and I’m going to leave it at that. I love you guys and I appreciate you guys out there. Fighters, we go through a lot and I don’t want to make a bad name for ourselves and it’s time to do right and get right.”
With a suspension from the New York State Athletic Commission looming right around the corner, time will tell if he will rebound from this missed opportunity.