Dec 18, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (98) warms up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Detroit defeated Oakland 28-27. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley Offers Apology


Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley has received some heat for not offering any sort of explanation or apology in the wake of two arrests this offseason. He has repeatedly been escorted off the practice field by team security to shield him from media members attending OTAs.

The flow of information started today with the release of a statement through Nick Fairley’s facebook page:

After taking some much-needed time to reflect on recent incidents, and after conversations with my advisors, teammates, and members of the Lions organization, I would like to make the following statement:

I want to personally apologize to my fans, teammates and the Detroit Lions organization for bringing this unwanted attention to our team. I recognize my actions were inexcusable and I personally need to uphold the expected standard of behavior of a professional athlete. I do not take for granted this opportunity and feel blessed everyday to play in the NFL.

At this time, I am fully cooperating with the Mobile, Ala. Police Department. I am now focused on moving forward and committing my focus to football. I would like to thank everyone for your concern and understanding.

The facebook page appears to be relatively new, it had only about 60 “likes” at the time the message was posted but can be trusted because the link was also sent out from Fairley’s verified twitter account.

Tell us, fans, is this enough or do you want more?

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