What do we make of Tuesday's apologies from the five Ohio State players suspended for selling championship rings and other memorabilia?
The players each took a similar approach with their apologies: they expressed remorse, asked fans for forgiveness at some point in the future, admitted lapses in judgment and selfish acts and reiterated their love for Ohio State and the football program. Each of the players -- receiver DeVier Posey, offensive tackle Mike Adams, running back Dan Herron, quarterback Terrelle Pryor and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas -- made a short statement to reporters but did not take questions because their appeal to the NCAA is still ongoing.
The only real "news" came from Posey, who said, "I promise to return for my senior year to be a leader on and off the field and to receive my degree." Although it's interesting Posey used Tuesday's forum to address his future, things can change in the coming weeks. I wouldn't read too much into his pledge to return.
None of the other four juniors addressed the NFL question in their statements.
Here are some snippets of what they had to say ...
Posey: "I’m truly remorseful for my actions and what I’ve done. I disappointed former players, disappointed the alumni and disappointed Buckeye Nation. It hurts me deeply that I put my teammates through this, my family and The Ohio State University."
Adams: "When I did what I did, I didn’t do it with the intent to hurt anybody or tarnish the great reputation that this university has. I realize my actions were truly selfish and I just hope 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’s affected all of us is something no one ever wants to bring upon their friends or their family."
Herron: "My mistake in judgment, my selfishness is something that really hurt me. It really embarrassed me. OSU is definitely a special place in my heart. ... I'm very humble and thankful to be a Buckeye now. My hope is there will be a day when I am forgiven."
Pryor: "My selfish acts were very young and immature. I’m just very deeply sorry about it. I didn’t mean to hurt nobody at all. I didn’t mean to bring any embarrassment to our university. This is the greatest university in the nation. Hopefully, one day, through my actions and also on the field and stuff like that, hopefully I’ll get your forgiveness."
Thomas: "I don’t think any of us realize how hard this would affect people around us. It’s something that is life changing. This has really made us all look at things very differently. ... It’s something we will deal with for a while. This is not just going to go away. We’re all deeply moved by it. We just want to show everyone out there that we’re not bad people. We can overcome this and give back to the community."
The players looked pretty down, as they should be after what happened. Some used notes while others didn't. Thomas seemed to best encapsulate the sentiment.
Prepared apologies can receive mixed reactions, and at some point, the players will have to face questions.
The big question remains how the players will be impacted, if at all, for the Allstate Sugar Bowl. There's some talk they could face playing time penalties from the team.
Ohio State fans, what did you think of the apologies?