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Walden Apologizes To Teammates, Fans

Erik Walden

We decided it was time to stop using his mugshot.

Linebacker Erik Walden returned to the Green Bay Packers today, one day after being released from Brown County Jail following his arrest for domestic abuse last Friday.

After addressing the team, Walden faced the media and apologized publicly to his teammates and fans.

Here are his comments in their entirety (from what I can tell) via the Press Gazette.

“First off, I’d like to thank the most high for helping me get through this matter,” Walden said. “Secondly, I apologize to the entire organization, teammates, the fans. It’s an ongoing process. I respect that process.

“It’s just unfortunate I brought something negative (with) so much positive that’s going on with this organization. I’m cooperating fully.”

“It’s tough, but, like I said, it’s an ongoing process,” Walden said. “Again, I just want to elaborate that I apologize to this organization, my teammates and definitely the fans.”

“Again, I just want to apologize,” Walden said. “I feel terribly about the situation. I’m just ready to move on and play football.”

Kareem Copeland described Walden’s demeanor as contrite and embarrassed.

It’s unclear if the Packers plan to hold Walden out of Sunday’s game, although they haven’t given any indication they will. He hasn’t been charged with a crime because, as we noted yesterday, his girlfriend changed her story.

Walden has a court hearing scheduled for December 7.

The real question — from a football standpoint — is if the incident and media attention will affect the Packers’ focus as they go on the road to face the New York Giants?

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Irish Dan November 29, 2011

    I think he deserves the benefit of the doubt, he sounds contrite and like he means it. People make mistakes.

  2. Savage57 November 30, 2011

    Good luck with this one, EW.


  3. darrin November 30, 2011

    EW showed some class and sincerity in his apology, something the thugs in Detroit should take note of. AND, some genuine leadership in the locker room will keep this one in check. Let’s hope the real story is what is being reported, and he gets back on the field soon. In any case, the ‘backups’ are more than capable of doing the job this weekend.

  4. iltarion November 30, 2011

    I think sitting him for one game would be appropos, or at least not starting him and having him come off the bench.

    The thing is- he had one of his best games of the season against the Lions.