WINNIPEG — Blue Bombers receiver Kenny Lawler apologized Tuesday for the “egocentric resolution” he made that led to his arrest for impaired driving this week.
The CFL’s chief in receiving yards instructed media that the incident, which occurred early Monday morning, was a single-vehicle accident and there have been no accidents.
“This was a mistake,” Lawler mentioned after Winnipeg’s closed follow, which he was allowed to take part in regardless that the workforce has suspended him for Friday’s dwelling recreation towards Edmonton.
“It was a egocentric resolution. Only a unhealthy resolution on my half that I knew higher to not step in that automotive. I am sorry to everybody on the market.”
Lawler mentioned he by no means thought it could occur to him. He had a message for others who suppose the identical method.
“I would like everybody on the market to be very good in regards to the selections they make,” he mentioned. “I am simply grateful and blessed that I ain’t damage no one. I did not even damage myself.
“One thing like this might be 10 occasions worse, so I simply need the youngsters, followers, adults, simply anybody, simply to essentially suppose twice in regards to the issues and the choices that you just’re about to make whenever you’re not in the precise thoughts.”
The 27-year-old extensive receiver had simply come off a CFL career-high efficiency, hauling in 12 receptions for 205 yards and a landing because the league-leading Bombers (7-1) crushed the Lions 30-9 final Friday at BC Place to increase their win streak to 5 video games.
Lawler tops the CFL with 703 receiving yards in eight video games this season. His 45 catches and 4 receiving TDs are each tied for second within the league.
The native of California knowledgeable head coach Mike O’Shea and different employees about his arrest on Monday, and spoke to his teammates Tuesday.
“Man, I used to be dreading strolling on this locker room having to cope with all the pieces that is occurred and transpired,” Lawler mentioned.
“And as quickly as I walked on this locker room, man, I used to be simply being hugged on. Folks have been coming and patting me on my again, letting me know that I’ll need to get by means of this, as a result of I used to be feeling the more serious ever and that I couldn’t get by means of it.”
The Bombers knowledgeable the CFL workplace about Lawler’s arrest and he is agreed to hunt assist associated to alcohol abuse.
“I am open to no matter. Any assist that I might get, I am all for it,” Lawler mentioned, including he hasn’t had an issue with alcohol prior to now.
O’Shea instructed reporters he went by means of a variety of feelings after studying in regards to the arrest.
“There’s some anger concerned, and then you definitely take it again to the individual, the participant and teammate that we’ve got right here that all of us like and revel in,” O’Shea mentioned. “It rapidly rights your prepare of thought into, all proper, what does he want, what is the workforce want then and the way will we transfer ahead?”
He would not count on Lawler will obtain self-discipline from the CFL, however mentioned the Bombers wanted to behave and handed out the one-game suspension.
“We simply really feel that there needs to be one thing from the workforce that reveals that we do not condone this behaviour,” O’Shea mentioned, including it would not seem Lawler was socializing with teammates previous to his arrest.
He hasn’t determined who’ll substitute Lawler for Friday’s recreation, however revealed Drew Wolitarsky did not practise Tuesday after struggling a leg harm towards the Lions. The Bombers do have veteran receiver Naaman Roosevelt practising since signing him in late August.
One participant who will miss Lawler on the sector is quarterback Zach Collaros, who was named the league’s prime performer of the week Tuesday. He accomplished 28-of-33 passes for a season-high 417 yards and two touchdowns within the victory over B.C. Collaros at the moment tops the league in passing yards with 2,148 yards.
“Kenny’s actually remorseful. He is accepted his punishment, clearly, and he is making an attempt to take accountability for the choice he made,” Collaros mentioned. “We’ll rally round him as teammates.
“When he will get again, he’ll be able to go.”
That is what Lawler needs, and mentioned he’ll be a greater man, father, teammate and participant.
“I imagine that is going to be a vital turning level in my profession,” he mentioned.