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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