Apologetic Smith issues statement following arrest

April, 24, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

The agency that represents former Jaguars star wide receiver Jimmy Smith just sent out this statement from Smith regarding his recent arrest on charges of possession of crack cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

"I am ashamed and humiliated by my actions and I apologize for the embarrassment I have caused my family, friends and everyone in the Jacksonville community who have supported me throughout my career. I realize that I cannot be the husband, father, son and citizen I want to be until I overcome my addiction. It is my highest priority, and will be the toughest challenge of my life, but I am going to get the help that I need to achieve a complete recovery. I understand that I will need to work every day to overcome my addiction and to earn back the trust and respect of all those I have hurt and let down. I sincerely appreciate the outpouring of support during this incredibly difficult time."

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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