Tuesday, July 24, 2012
BBAO: Aaron Berry issues statement
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
We should note that former Detroit Lions cornerback Aaron Berry issued a very non-legalese and presumably heart-felt statement late Monday night, in conjunction with statements from his attorney and agent in the wake of his second arrest in a month. Agent Audie Attar said that Berry will enter the NFL's substance-abuse program and continue training for what he hopes is his next NFL job.
Here's Berry's statement:
"Words cannot describe how embarrassed I am right now. I've let my family, my teammates, my coaches and the entire Detroit Lions organization, including the fans down and I'm so sorry. I know it sounds crazy to some people, but I know I will continue to get better and grow from this unfortunate experience, I have no choice but to get better. There are always two sides to every story and the legal process will be where I will tell my side regarding this recent incident.
"I love the game of football and still feel I have a bright future ahead of me. I worked my butt off this off-season and I hope to be able to help some team in the NFL win games as I continue to grow as a father, friend, teammate and into the man I want to be. I want to thank Coach [Jim] Schwartz, Coach [Gunther] Cunningham, [general manager] Martin Mayhew and all the Lions staff, players and fan base for such a wonderful opportunity where I was able to showcase my football skills. Again, I'm so sorry for letting you all down."
Obviously, Berry is trying to preserve his career. But I think we have all read post-incident statements from NFL players, and rarely do they read as normally as that one. Take it for what you will.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Lions receiver Ryan Broyles (knee) and cornerback Chris Greenwood (abdomen) are expected to open training camp on the PUP list, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
- According to Lions rookie offensive lineman Riley Reiff, no one has spoken to him about playing guard in training camp. Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com has a transcript of Reiff's interview Monday. It's expected he will focus on the two tackle positions.
- Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice on being prepared now for this role, via Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune: "The biggest difference is I am not a first-time, gangly puppy, over-excited rookie position coach. I've cut my teeth as a coach with some great head coaches and some great co-workers and I have been very lucky to have learned a lot of football from all of the above. Now that I am older and have been down the road -- some of it rocky and some of it smooth -- I know how to go about setting a plan and going and working that plan to become successful as an offense. I think that is the biggest difference. First time around, everything I learned was on the go. This time around, I feel I am a better teacher."
- Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times offers four possible pitfalls for the Bears' season.
- The Bears are cautious about bringing back former Bears players to coach, notes Dan Pompei of the Tribune.
- Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements on ceding the No. 2 quarterback job to Graham Harrell, via Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "If you had to choose a route to go with the quarterback, you're better off bringing them up in your system. As opposed to getting someone who was in a different system and trying to fit them into it."
- Linebacker Clay Matthews is the Packers' second-most important player, according to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
- The NFL has not yet reinstated Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly from his indefinite suspension, notes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
- Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com examines the Minnesota Vikings' safety position.
- Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune considers eight under-the-radar players for the Vikings.