June 6 apparently was the NFL’s First Annual Apologize for a DUI Arrest Day. Joining Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon, who apologized for his Sunday arrest at a press conference attended by his coach and the G.M. who drafted Blackmon, was Vikings fullback Jerome Felton, who was arrested for DUI a day earlier, while rolling through the drive-thru lane of a McDonald’s.
“Everybody on this team and in this organization has been good to me and the fans have been great,” Felton said, via the Associated Press. “I love it here. I can’t put myself in negative situations that don’t have a positive impact on the team and the community. That’s something that’s very important to me and I just want to sincerely apologize to the fans, No. 1, the organization and everybody around the Vikings.”
Apology or not, coach Leslie Frazier isn’t happy.
“I was extremely disappointed,” Frazier said regarding the arrest, via comments distributed by the team. “We talked about some things when we got together for our first OTA and our meetings on how we wanted to conduct ourselves and then when a new guy comes to the club and he’s a veteran guy and something happens like it did over the weekend, it’s very disappointing and it’s something that we’ll have to deal with and have to address but you don’t want that to drown out all of the good things that some of our players are doing and what they do in the community. Extremely disappointed with what happened.”
Felton was signed in March, and he’s listed as the team’s starting fullback. If he doesn’t avoid these kinds of issues in the future, his next trip to McDonald’s may entail asking for an application.