Fairley apologizes for recent arrests

Fairley apologizes for recent arrests

Published Jun. 8, 2012 11:05 a.m. ET

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley released an apology on his Facebook page for his recent off-the-field behavior.

It is the first time Fairley has publicly addressed the two arrests, both occurring in less than two months. Fairley, a first-round pick in 2011, was first arrested on a marijuana possession charge in early April and then for allegedly driving under the influence and evading police while being clocked at 100 mph over Memorial Day weekend. Both incidents occurred in his hometown of Mobile, Ala.

“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,” Fairley said on Facebook.

“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.”

Fairley must undergo drug testing as part of the NFL’s substance-abuse program. He also  reportedly could face a suspension from the league of up to four games to begin the season.