On Wednesday, Green Bay Packers’ cornerback Brandon Underwood made two apologies — one in private to his teammates for causing a distraction and one in public to reporters.
Underwood did not take questions during the media session, but did reiterate what he told teammates, specifically the six players who were questioned as part of the alleged sexual assault incident that took place in Lake Delton, last weekend.
“I just want to apologize to my teammates, who have been dragged into this. I’m sorry that it has been a distraction for the team.”
He also apologized specifically to his six teammates — quarterback Matt Flynn, fullback Korey Hall, linebacker Brad Jones, safety Khalil Jones, linebacker Clay Matthews and guard Josh Sitton — who were named in the police report because they were questioned and eventually cleared of any wrongdoing by police after being at the same resort.
“It’s just been a long week, and hopefully the week will hurry up and wind down for me,” Underwood added. “But that will be all.”
Meanwhile, Packers’ coach Mike McCarthy says the team has dealt with the issue and moved on, but emphasized the message he told his team — the Packers are in the news too much for non-football-related matters.
“We discussed the fact that we are in an offseason program and we’re in the paper way too much with things other than football. We all have a responsibility and an obligation to represent the Green Bay Packers properly,” McCarthy said. “Every decision we make, both on and off the field, has consequences, and poor judgment was made. With that, the circumstances are what they are. We have dealt with it as a football team and frankly we have moved on.”
Although Underwood is yet to be charged, police released a statement that says money changed hands between Underwood and his alleged victims. While it’s unlikely Underwood will be charged with sexual assault — police have revealed the accusers changed their story — he could be charged with soliciting prostitution.
According to a press release from Chief of Police Tom Dorner, “money was exchanged between the alleged suspect and the alleged victims before the alleged assault.”
A decision on whether Underwood will charged is expected next week.