Lions DT Nick Fairley releases statement on recent arrests

Posted by ttwentyman on June 8, 2012 – 10:04 am

Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley hasn’t spoken to the media since his second arrest of the offseason May 27 for a DUI. He did, however, issue a statement on his Facebook page Friday.

“After taking some much-needed time to reflect on recent incidents, and after conversations with my advisers, 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 Lions drafted Fairley with the 13th overall pick in 2011 with the plan of him being a terrific compliment to Ndamukong Suh and Corey Williams along their defensive front. Fairley suffered a broken foot the second day of training camp, though, and that injury lingered throughout his entire rookie season. Fairley showed flashes when he eventually returned to the field, but was never 100-percent.

There was a lot of optimism for Fairley heading into this season — and there still is from a Lions perspective — but he’s now likely to be suspended for the beginning of the season by the NFL as a repeat offender after initially being arrested for possession of marijuana in April.

The Lions have had three players involved in five different off-the-field run-ins with the law this offseason.

Running back Mikel Leshoure was cited twice for marijuana possession in west Michigan, Fairley was arrested twice and offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath was arrested on marijuana charges in January.

“I’m a lot of things with that; concerned, angry – there’s a lot of different words,” Lions head coach Jim Schwartz recently said of the offseason transgressions of a few of his players.

“It’s disappointing also when our story is not about guys like Matt Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson, Brandon Pettigrew, Tony Scheffler, Jeff Backus, Rob Sims… and I can keep going on. Unfortunately with situations like this, we all take ownership of problems that come to light that affect everybody.

“We’ve always had an approach of there’s some maturing things that go on, there’s some mistakes that guys make that they learn from and things like that. But what we have here is a situation that it appears that a couple guys haven’t learned, and that is a concern.”

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6 Responses to “Lions DT Nick Fairley releases statement on recent arrests”

  1. By Debbie on Jun 8, 2012 | Reply

    Nicks a force ,with that being said i believe a positive one for here on out for himself and the team !You have to too reach the next level as a team. Career windows are short and cant waste opritunities! Another thing PLEASE provide javid best a special KEVLAR helmet to keep him on yhe feild being a game changer and to deflect the collisions its the right thing to do!THANKS+ GO LIONS

  2. By UnknownWriter on Jun 8, 2012 | Reply

    If I were to believe that that apology is truly from the Heart, I would expect to see Nick Fairley voluntarily enter a substance abuse program too. But I am going to this to the young man; You wrote some bad checks and will have to answer for them, please don’t get discouraged. Asking for forgiveness is only the first step towards a better tomorrow.

  3. By MrBaldwin81 on Jun 8, 2012 | Reply

    It’s good to see Nick man up and admit his wrongs and post it for his fans and friends to see.That’s great.. But it doesn’t take away what he has done,nor will it take away the bad press the Lions will get, BUT what it does is,: It helps us get over what he did, now with that said. he should stay clear away from the law the rest of the season..If he don’t learn now and continues with this, then his “word” means nothing and becomes a liability to the team, therefore becomes trade bait..I hope this statement was actually wrote by him…Let’s go Lions!!!

  4. By Lee Deschamps on Jun 8, 2012 | Reply

    What saves a man is to take a step…….and then another step……

  5. By what? on Jun 9, 2012 | Reply

    If you think Nick wrote that…..PLEASE! His first statement was conversations with advisers……

  6. By Rick on Jun 9, 2012 | Reply

    With all the money that Fairley, Leshoure, and Culbreath make, is it asking that much for these individuals to maybe hire a limousine when they want to go out and party?? That would take the “probable cause” out of the equation, because YOU KNOW that every cop in those jurisdictions is going to be looking for their vehicles. In addition, it would keep them from being hurt in an accident, and oh I don’t know, maybe be the responsible thing to do? Maybe the Lions hierarchy should institute this policy for players who have shown that they aren’t mature enough to handle the situation. This would be somewhat like the probation period that kids in the military have to go through, with basic training where they are severely restricted. Then priviledges are gradually given back as they progress through the process. There would also be heavy fines from the team for anyone backsliding, even before the league gets into it. Let’s face it, the Lions have a SIZABLE investment in these individuals, and it doesn’t seem prudent to let them just piss it away. If these guys are going to act like children, then you have to treat them like children.

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