Al Jefferson apologizes for DUI

As far as DUI apologies go, Al Jefferson’s is pretty good. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

“In a way I’m glad it happened, because now I know and I know I’ll never do it again,” he said. “I could have hurt myself. I could have hurt someone else. I’m so upset with myself. I’m sorry for the embarrassment I caused my family, my teammates, myself, my fans. I’m a good person. I just made a mistake. I promise it’ll never happen again.

“I didn’t realize the danger that I put myself in, put other people — innocent people — in. I’m ready to put it behind me. I keep telling myself how stupid I was and I wish I could turn back the hands of time. But I can’t. Like I said, it will never happen again. I don’t care if I have to walk home. I would never get behind the wheel when I had something to drink again in my life.”

Asked what he will do differently next time, he said, “Honestly, I was so close to home, I would have walked. I’ll call a cab. I’ll never be by myself again. The crazy thing about it, I was in the process of dialing somebody to come and pick me up and I said, ‘Oh, it’s right down the road from home.’ I’m just kicking myself. There are so many different ways I could have handled it. I wasn’t raised like that.”

Every few months one athlete or another gets dinged with a DUI and I’m always left wondering — why not hire a personal driver or simply call a cab? Al Jefferson makes $12 million a season and he feels the need to drive home after spending a night at the bars.

This is something that athletes have to plan for every time they go out, because once the drinks start flowing, it’s tough to make sound decisions. The best way to do it is to take a cab there and back — that way there isn’t the temptation of getting behind the wheel when the night is over.

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