Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee was arrested for public intoxication during the team’s bye week, which led to him being suspended by the team for Monday night’s 30-17 win over the Houston Texans.
An apologetic McAfee returned to the team on Wednesday, Phillip Wilson of the Indianapolis Star reports.
“I’ve apologized to everybody that I’ve had the opportunity to, including my parents, the team, my family, all my friends, personnel in the Colts organization in particular,” McAfee said. “This was a very embarrassing and humbling experience for me. I messed up. I put myself in a horrible situation.
“But there’s been one group of people I haven’t really had a chance to apologize to because I’ve been kind of laying low for the past couple weeks and I’ll continue to do so, and that’s really the fans of Indianapolis and in particular the fans who happen to have children who look up to me as they should.
“I’ve always said, if you’re a professional athlete you have the opportunity to be on a pedestal, whether you like it or not. You can use it the right way or the wrong way. In this particular situation, I was a complete letdown to a lot of people and a lot of fans and most importantly the kids that look up to me.
“I’m going to continue to do the good things that I do in this community and continue to do good things for this city because, I really do, I love this city, I love this team and I love our fans more so than anything. I got a lot of messages on Facebook and Twitter from people around this state and around the country who are devout Indianapolis Colts fans. To be completely honest, I don’t know if I would made it through this completely embarrassing situation without them. I really appreciate them for everything they’ve done.
“I’ll apologize publicly because I feel like I should. I want to apologize to the Indianapolis Colts for really embarrassing and making a bad name for them. We are an elite group of men who pride ourselves on being good citizens. In this situation, I put myself in a horrible situation, I did a really dumb thing and I messed up. I’ve paid my price and will continue to do so. Now it’s my time to earn trust back, from my teammates, my family most importantly, and the city of Indianapolis and the Colts organization in particular. That’s what I’m here to do.”