Giants' Diehl apologizes for DUI arrest
New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl addressed the media on Tuesday and apologized to both the organization and the fans for his recent DUI arrest.
"I apologize to (my teammates), I apologize to my family, the New York Giants, all my fans and to anybody who has supported me throughout these years," Diehl continued. "I am going to make sure that I learn from this, and it is a mistake that I guarantee will never, ever happen again. I will help other people to make sure that they don't make the same decision that I made in this circumstance. I will become a stronger person because of this."
Diehl was arrested in Queens on Sunday after driving his BMW into several parked cars, and was charged with DUI after a Breathalyzer test. He was arraigned on two counts of impaired driving and had his license suspended, and will return to court on July 26.
“I have been here for 10 years and throughout those 10 years I have always tried to carry myself and be a positive role model for people on and off the field," Diehl said. "This weekend, that standard not only set by myself but by this organization, I was far, far short from.
Diehl’s teammates and head coach Tom Coughlin seem to have accepted the apology, and have voiced their support of the lineman.
"David is very remorseful," coach Tom Coughlin said. "He is a very proud young man, as you know. He is very sorry for what happened. He has been an exemplary citizen for this organization. I think that he understands it completely, and as I said, he recognizes and he is going to be a very, very good spokesperson for trying to help young people understand that his mistake could be avoided in whatever way possible."
"He is the ultimate team guy, a guy who sacrifices every week, battles through injuries, hardly ever misses a game," guard Chris Snee added. "It was a shock to wake up in the morning and I hear that. Dave has been great for this team and a great friend to me. I asked if he is OK and if there is anything I can do. He will handle this with class and we will move on from this."
Diehl, who would be a first time offender, could face a fine from the NFL for the incident. Under the league’s substance abuse policy, he can be fined one game check, up to a maximum of $50,000.
"I am sure that (league officials) will contact me," Diehl said. "I am accountable for my actions. I am not running, I am a man and can stand up for myself. The only thing I can do now is to go out and prove to people that is not the person that I am."
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