Nick Fairley has had quite an eventful 2012. He was arrested on April 3rd in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama for marijuana possession. He followed that up with a DUI arrest on May 27th. He was also cited for reckless driving (driving 100MPH) and attempting to evade officers. Fairley also had an open container of alcohol in his vehicle plus no proof of vehicle insurance.
Almost a full two weeks after his latest arrest, Fairley took time to address his legal issues this morning through his 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.
I couldn’t get this song out of my head while reading this:
I think sports fans in general have proven themselves a forgiving bunch. You’ll never be able to count me among his supporters considering he plays for a division rival of my hometown Chicago Bears. But I do hope he is able to get past his troubles. He is a very talented player and it would be a shame to see him waste away due to constant off the field issues.