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Cullen doesn't remember naked drive-through incident

Joe Cullen, the man best known for going to a Wendy’s drive-through while completely naked during his time as an assistant coach with the Lions, has resurfaced in Jacksonville this year as an assistant with the Jaguars. But while the drive-through nudity is the reason most football fans remember Cullen’s name, Cullen says he doesn’t remember it at all.

“Well, it’s simple; it’s called a blackout, so I don’t know,” Cullen said in an interview with the Florida Times-Union. “When you have a blackout, bang. You realize through being educated [about alcohol consumption] that you drink too much. I’m sure there’s a lot of incidents out there where people don’t remember a thing they did the night when they were drinking. That’s basically what happened.”

Cullen is certainly correct that there are a lot of incidents in which people don’t remember what they did when they were drinking. But there aren’t a lot of incidents in which people go for a drive without any clothes on.

For his part, Cullen wishes people would just accept that everyone makes mistakes.

“First, if there’s anyone out there that’s perfect, I’d like to meet them,” Cullen said. “Number two, with me and my isolated incidents, I’ve never been in trouble in my life other than when alcohol was involved. So I made a promise to myself that alcohol and I weren’t going to be teammates any more.”

Cullen’s use of the word “isolated” is a bit surprising, considering that eight days after the nude driving arrest, Cullen was arrested again, this time for drunk driving. And Cullen was also fired by Ole Miss in 2005 after he was cited for public drunkenness.

But Cullen says he thinks he deserves the chance he’s been given in Jacksonville.

“I know my judgment — what I’m going to do and what I want to do — is clear,” Cullen said. “I think if you show true remorse, and you’re willing to do whatever it takes to better yourself, not just as a football coach but as a person, then, to me, people deserve second chances.”

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43 Responses to “Cullen doesn't remember naked drive-through incident”
  1. The Hoff says: Feb 16, 2010 9:59 AM

    He doesnt need to describe blacking out, we all know quite well what it is

  2. Pack_Attack says: Feb 16, 2010 10:08 AM

    I dont see where he has addressed his problem at all. He thinks he can just control the really crazy shit and keep drinking.

  3. Myballshurt says: Feb 16, 2010 10:09 AM

    Give the guy a break….he did use the word ISOLATED but also followed that up with INCIDENTS….as in plural. So he admits he has made more than one mistake. Nobody said coaches were geniuses. Besides who HASN’T driven through a drive-thru naked. He just got caught!

  4. BIG BLUE in tx says: Feb 16, 2010 10:09 AM

    Like we all haven’t blacked out and done some embarising shit. He should have joined the Marines. Going through the drive thru naked is tame compared to the shit we used to do sober.

  5. realitypolice says: Feb 16, 2010 10:09 AM

    I have a thousand jokes here, but I think I’ll be serious for once. It sounds like this guy is working very hard to get his act together. He has faced enough humiliation, so I won’t pile on here. I wish the best of luck in his recovery.
    As far as your statement that “there aren’t a lot of incidents in which people go for a drive without any clothes on”, how do you know? Can you see inside of every car on every highway in america, 24 hours a day, seven days a week? As long as you don’t go through the a drive through, I think you could probably get away with that. Adam Carolla tells a very funny story about how he and his friends wound up driving from Vegas to LA completely naked. I’d link to it, but I have to go take off my clothes now and pick up lunch.

  6. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Feb 16, 2010 10:09 AM

    This guy thinks he deserves a “second chance”. Looks like he has had several and better get his head straight.

  7. LiveNBreatheFootball says: Feb 16, 2010 10:13 AM

    I think Cunningham is missing a few of the 12 steps.

  8. hizzle1281 says: Feb 16, 2010 10:13 AM

    HAHAHAHA

  9. Florio-is-a-tool says: Feb 16, 2010 10:13 AM

    But because he’s white all the Vick supporters are going to call for him to be banned for life, right?

  10. purpleguy says: Feb 16, 2010 10:16 AM

    While he conveniently may not remember what he did, I’ll bet the fast food drive through attendant remembers his little sizzler.

  11. realitypolice says: Feb 16, 2010 10:20 AM

    Pack_Attack says:
    February 16, 2010 10:08 AM
    I dont see where he has addressed his problem at all. He thinks he can just control the really crazy shit and keep drinking.
    ———————–
    What the hell are you talking about? What do you think he is saying when he says “So I made a promise to myself that alcohol and I weren’t going to be teammates any more.”
    He is obviously referencing his efforts to quit drinking.

  12. wydok says: Feb 16, 2010 10:21 AM

    Sounds like a stand up guy to me. He’s got a great moral compass…

  13. slipkid says: Feb 16, 2010 10:25 AM

    vick only killed dogs.
    cullen was a nekkid white guy. that’s just inexcusable…
    c’mon, man…
    (i can hear them now)

  14. cbrianwatkins says: Feb 16, 2010 10:26 AM

    Pack_Attack says:
    February 16, 2010 10:08 AM
    I dont see where he has addressed his problem at all. .
    ————————————————–
    i dont see where you read the article, since he clearly addressed it right here……
    “So I made a promise to myself that alcohol and I weren’t going to be teammates any more.”
    Let me put that in words you can understand
    “he isnt drinking anymore”

  15. Matt H. says: Feb 16, 2010 10:33 AM

    My hometown, Quincy, Mass., can claim three famous people: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and now this guy. Tremendous.

  16. realitypolice says: Feb 16, 2010 10:35 AM

    purpleguy says:
    February 16, 2010 10:16 AM
    While he conveniently may not remember what he did, I’ll bet the fast food drive through attendant remembers his little sizzler.
    —————-
    Well played, sir.

  17. Dixon29 says: Feb 16, 2010 10:37 AM

    Those who feel the right to judge are going to have it rough later in life. This man definitely deserves another chance. If society has such a problem with the way people act after consuming alcohol, it should be outlawed. Oh wait, the government makes millions of dollars each year on the taxes from alcohol, D.U.I. arrests, and alcohol related crimes so there is no way that would happen.
    Legalize marijuana and this problem is over.

  18. Mike D says: Feb 16, 2010 10:42 AM

    I think Cullen is being very genuine here.
    When it’s real…..
    You know when it’s real….

  19. No-Neck says: Feb 16, 2010 11:01 AM

    I’d be an alcoholic, too, if was coaching in Detroit.

  20. SeaOtter says: Feb 16, 2010 11:02 AM

    He is far from the only guy with this issue. I have known plenty of guys who are great people sober, but become very different people when they drink. I never did anything quite like driving through a Wendy’s buck naked, but after a couple of embarrassing incidents in my early 20s I took a look in the mirror, and made the same decision that Cullen did.
    Alcohol is a drug, which we all know, but what a lot of people don’t know is that it is a depressant. It slows down your central nervous system, in essence. It shouldn’t come as a big surprise that some people do some weird stuff when on depressants. I give Cullen huge props for facing his problems head on, and being candid about his past. I wish him all the best.

  21. Pack_Attack says: Feb 16, 2010 11:06 AM

    He’s not being honest. Smith points it out. Thus, who can believe the teammate line? I wish him the best in his journey but he’s not starting out on the right foot.

  22. topcide says: Feb 16, 2010 11:11 AM

    This would put a whole new spin on the mcdonalds coffee spilled in the lap lawsuit….

  23. Johnny Utah says: Feb 16, 2010 11:13 AM

    Seems like dude has trouble counting – he has already been more than one “second” chance. Given Goodell’s stance on league image, Cullen would be wise to keep these unconvincing arguments to himself and just do his job. Coach em up Joe.

  24. Jagsfan11 says: Feb 16, 2010 11:16 AM

    If he has a blackout problem, Jacksonville is not the place for him. We have an entire season of blackouts

  25. Outfoxed says: Feb 16, 2010 11:27 AM

    I wish I could be as creative in making an impact on the news when inebriated!!! Great job buddy!!!

  26. doe22us says: Feb 16, 2010 11:30 AM

    Dont blame Cullen in the words of Will Ferrel they were going streaking with a case of the munchies

  27. Mr Krinkle says: Feb 16, 2010 11:38 AM

    “First, if there’s anyone out there that’s perfect, I’d like to meet them,”
    Let he who has never driven through Wendy’s drive thru while butt naked cast the first stone.

  28. RayDaMayor says: Feb 16, 2010 11:39 AM

    The attendant at Burger King thought he ordered a Whopper……..he wanted to show off his Whopper…..innocent mistake.

  29. Pervy Harvin says: Feb 16, 2010 11:41 AM

    I think he is trying to get it right. Who hasn’t blacked out and done weird stuff if you are/were a partier? Don’t feel bad Cullen. I pissed in the kitchen garbage can once. Thought it was the toilet. Slept with a HUGE chick once. Woke up to fire alarms with a smoke filled house and a pizza black charred in the oven. I feel your pain brother…blackout is a bitch!

  30. Matt H. says: Feb 16, 2010 11:49 AM

    Jagsfan 11:
    If he has a blackout problem, Jacksonville is not the place for him. We have an entire season of blackouts
    LMFAO

  31. Jungle Juice says: Feb 16, 2010 11:57 AM

    The guy is right. Sounds like he is normal when sober so, if he has given up the booze, everyone should move on.
    I was friends with a local cop here in our sleepy little area where not much crime happens and he said one of the number one complaints he gets is people going through the drive-thrus naked.
    Must be some kind of thrill for some people.

  32. shadowman1433 says: Feb 16, 2010 12:36 PM

    Most lions coaches and players try to blackout their time in Detroit.

  33. kurtismantronik says: Feb 16, 2010 12:47 PM

    Let me get this straight. He’s basically trying to play this off by saying he DROVE A CAR while he was blackout drunk?

  34. VoxVagina says: Feb 16, 2010 12:54 PM

    Where the hell is Vick even mentioned in this article? Morons. I hate when people post garbage like that

  35. WashingtonRedstorms says: Feb 16, 2010 1:15 PM

    If Cullen did this in Northern California, they would make him Governor.

  36. moreflagsmorefun says: Feb 16, 2010 1:39 PM

    I got a BJ while ordering and pickin up at the drive thru , the kid didn’t have a clue until, Debbie popped her head up from my lap to say “get extra napkins, this thing is about to blowwwww…………….. :-)
    true story, to be young and sixteen again…….

  37. Mike D says: Feb 16, 2010 1:54 PM

    It’s true. Who hasn’t had a few too many and done something silly in public? I still bristle when I think about that night I was partying it up in midtown and tried, stark naked, to get a table at the Grill Room.

  38. Deb says: Feb 16, 2010 2:06 PM

    BIG BLUE in tx says:
    February 16, 2010 10:09 AM
    Like we all haven’t blacked out and done some embarising shit.
    ——————————————–
    Nooooo. We ALL haven’t blacked out! Yeah, I’ve done embarrassing stuff like giving some guy a tonsilectomy in the middle of a nightclub without realizing the whole club had stopped to watch until they started applauding. But nooooo, I haven’t blacked out. If y’all are blacking out and DRIVING naked (who cares if he was naked–HE WAS DRIVING) and setting the house on fire … get help!!
    Hope Cullen isn’t trying to kick it on his own.

  39. bluelion says: Feb 16, 2010 2:11 PM

    How convenient.
    He is following the Steve Martin principle options for defense.
    Mr. Cullen, you were found naked and flashing the girl at a Wendy’s drive-through. How do you plead?
    1) “I forgot that driving around naked was a crime.”
    Mr. Cullen, you have repeatedly gotten drunk and done crazy and embarrasing things in public. What do you have to say for yourself?
    2) Well, your Honor… Escuuuuuuuze Meeeeeeeeee!

  40. Pervy Harvin says: Feb 16, 2010 3:47 PM

    Deb says: giving some guy a tonsilectomy in the middle of a nightclub
    ————————————————–
    Sounds like you don’t need to black out Deb to be bad! LOL

  41. Deb says: Feb 16, 2010 4:42 PM

    Well, Perv, it kinda takes the fun out of it if you can’t remember doing it ;-)

  42. theravenlives2 says: Feb 16, 2010 5:04 PM

    OK, mom said I should always look for positives….hmmmm.
    OK, got it!
    If he pops a Viagra, he won’t need to ask for a spoon to stir his chocolate frosty!

  43. slipkid says: Feb 16, 2010 9:17 PM

    all manginas hate it when vick’s perfidy is highlighted.

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