The Detroit Lions just released Marvin Jones Jr. … shortly after the receiverannounced he was stepping away from the team to focus on “personal family matters.”
The 33-year-old posted a statement on Instagram Tuesday afternoon … days after Jones Jr. failed to travel with the Lions to the Ravens game in Baltimore.
“To be brief, I am stepping away from the team to take care of personal family matters,” Jones Jr. said. “Although this was no easy decision, I cannot be the person/player that I need to be for this team as well as tend to my family from afar.”
“This organization has been amazing showing love and support for myself and my family over the years and this time is no different.”
Shortly after, the Lions released their own statement announcing the roster move online, stating Jones Jr. was released.
Despite being thoroughly dominated by the Ravens on Sunday, the 5-2 Lions are currently leading the NFC East … and although Jones Jr. will no longer be on the field, he’s vowed to continue supporting his squad.
“To my brothers and coaches, I will be rooting for you every step of the way! This is the year! Go get it!!!”