After two weeks of being shielded from the media, Lions troubled defensive tackle Nick Fairley issued a two-paragraph apology on his Facebook page Friday.
“I want to personally apologize to my fans, teammates and the Detroit Lions organization for bringing this unwanted attention to our team,” the statement read. “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 was arrested twice in Mobile within the span of two months, first for possession of marijuana and again over Memorial Day weekend for DUI and other charges. He will have a hearing on the first arrest on July 31.