Following his DUI arrest early Tuesday morning around 5:08 am in Gwinnett County, GA, Michael Turner turned to the Atlanta Journal Constitution to apologize. Following the arrest Turner has to be entered into the leagues substance abuse program as a first time offender.
“I’d like to apologize to Mr. [Arthur] Blank, Thomas Dimitroff, Mike Smith and the whole Falcons organization and the fans out there for the situation that I’m in right now,” Turner said. “It was a bad decision on my part. I can’t say too much about it in detail right now. I’m just trying to move forward from here.”
“Any time that you’re in a situation like this, you don’t want this to happen,” Turner said. “You try to keep a clean slate throughout your whole life like everyone else. Unfortunately, this happened and I just have to move forward.”
“Disappointment,” Turner said was the tone of those talks with his father and the coach of the Falcons. “I don’t think that anybody is more disappointed than myself. I just have to man up, talk to everybody and face it.
“I’m just taking it day by day. I’m around the guys right now and they are keeping me encouraged and telling me to keep my head up and take it day by day.”
“It’s a tough situation,” Turner said. “You don’t want to disappoint anybody, family or friends, co-workers or anybody. It’s always tough.”
“I shouldn’t have been in this situation to begin with,” Turner said. “It’s tough.”
“I never really thought about it like that,” Turner said. “I’m just going to go out there and play hard. Play hard for my teammates and do everything that I can to help my team win.”
And thats all Turner can do, accept responsibility and move forward.