Tuesday, December 28, 2010

SUSPENDED OHIO STATE PLAYERS APOLOGIZE TO BUCKEYE FANS

Terrelle Pryor was among five players who apologized to Ohio State fans on Tuesday in Columbus (The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
COLUMBUS — Those Ohio State football players who were suspended for the first five games of the 2011 regular season — DeVier Posey, Mike Adams, Dan Herron, Terrelle Pryor and Solomon Thomas — appeared in front of the media on Tuesday afternoon in Columbus to apologize to Buckeye fans.

"We wanted to apologize to you guys so that you guys heard it from us," Posey said. "We didn't want you guys to read about it or see it on TV, we wanted you guys to hear our apologies yourselves."

Each of the five players — who were suspended by the NCAA last week for receiving improper benefits — issued individual statements inside the media suite at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Tuesday and appeared to be extremely humbled by the entire episode.

However, the players didn't field questions from reporters because they are currently in the process of appealing the NCAA's decision.

Below is the complete transcript of each player's apology ...

DeVier Posey
(TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
DEVIER POSEY: "I am truly remorseful for my actions and what I've done and I wanted to truly apologize to you guys, disappointed former players, disappointed alumni and Buckeye Nation. 

"It hurts me deeply that I put my teammates through this, my family and The Ohio State University. I promise to return for my senior year, to be a leader on and off the field and to receive my degree from The Ohio State University. 

"I promise to pride myself on the conduct in a manner that Buckeye Nation can be proud of. I hope there's a day that you guys and Buckeye Nation, former players and alumni can forgive us, because we are truly remorseful and sorry. God bless and Go Bucks!"

Mike Adams
(TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
MIKE ADAMS: "I want to start off by letting you guys know how much this university means to me. As a Columbus kid growing up I watched the Buckeyes on TV. It's always been my dream to play here. 

"You know, I did what I did and I didn't do it with the intent to hurt anybody or tarnish the great reputation that this university has. I realize that my actions were truly selfish and I just hope that there's a way, somehow, that Buckeye Nation and the alumni can forgive me. 

"I never meant to bring this upon my team or the program. The way it has effected all of us is something that nobody ever wants to bring upon their friends or family. I apologize from the bottom of my heart and I just hope that Buckeye Nation can find it within themselves to forgive me."

Dan Herron
(TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
DAN HERRON: "First off I want to say that I appreciate the opportunity to apologize to Buckeye Nation, former players, my teammates, my family, the seniors and also my coaches. 

"My mistake, my judgement, my selfishness was something that really hurt me. You know, it really embarrassed me. OSU is definitely a special place in my heart. I love every person here and I love all of my coaches, the seniors, the fans and all of the alumni. 

"I'm very humble and thankful to be a Buckeye now and in the future. I hope there will be a day I am forgiven. I just want to say that I'm very sorry. I hope Buckeye Nation can forgive me. Go Bucks!"

Terrelle Pryor
(TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
TERRELLE PRYOR: "I would like to start off saying that I'm deeply sorry for the selfish mistakes I made a few years ago that I brought on this university and the embarrassment I brought on myself and this coaching staff, former players and the alumni, and especially the students and Buckeye Nation. 

"My selfish acts were very young and immature and I'm just very deeply sorry about it. I didn't mean to hurt anybody at all or bring any embarrassment down on our university, because this is the greatest university in the nation. 

"Hopefully one day throughout my actions and also on the field and stuff like that ... someday I can get your forgiveness. I would like to say thank you for this opportunity and Go Bucks!"

Solomon Thomas
(TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
SOLOMON THOMAS: "I want to apologize along with everyone else for our actions, especially to the city of Columbus. It is a beautiful community that we live in. 

"I don't think any of us realized how hard this would effect the people around us ... this is all very life changing, this has made all of us really look at things very differently. You know, we're very remorseful to everyone around us, everyone in this room. We realize we made a mistake. We're asking you Buckeye Nation, alumni, community to let us show you that we do love this university and that we want to be here. 

"We love this city. I think we all agree that in our time here — all of us being juniors — this city has been nothing but welcoming and loving to us. I would like to take a chance to thank Coach (Jim) Tressel, Gene Smith, Coach (Stan) Jefferson and everyone who has supported us. They've helped us through these hard times. 

"This is something we're going to deal with for a while. This isn't something that will go away and we'll be happy. We're all deeply moved by it, we just want to show everyone out there that we're not bad people, that we can overcome this and give back to the community."