In what has become a far too common occurrence this offseason, the Detroit Lions have released a statement on another arrest. This time, it's on the news of Aaron Berry's arrest. The latest statement is pretty much the same as past ones, except this time they included a sentence about how they have "repeatedly emphasized the need to be accountable on and off the field." Via WXYZ, here is the full statement:
"We are extremely disappointed in the reports involving Aaron Berry and the incident in Pennsylvania this past weekend.
"This is not the standard of behavior we expect from any member of our organization. We have strongly and repeatedly emphasized the need to be accountable on and off the field, which makes this incident with Aaron all the more disappointing. We will have further comments regarding this situation when appropriate."
Berry also issued a statement and apologized to the Lions, their fans and his teammates. From Tim Twentyman:
"I want to offer a sincere apology to the Lions organization, Lions fans, the coaches and all my teammates for my actions this past weekend. This is not the example I want to set for young people and it’s certainly not what my team and coaches expect from me. I promise to do everything in my power to make sure this never happens again. I understand these are just words and it will be my future actions that ultimately will speak for me."
Here's a statement to all Lions players and employees: Don't do something stupid enough that requires a statement to be released from both yourself and the team. Forget correcting things after something happens; just stay out of trouble. Period.