Like Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, Eagles running back Dion Lewis was arrested on Saturday. Unlike Peterson, Lewis publicly has apologized for the incident.
“I want to apologize to my family, the Albany community, the Eagles organization and fans, and to the NFL for my involvement in an incident this past weekend. It was never my intention to cause any public alarm or damage any property,” Lewis said in a statement released by the Eagles. “I am sorry for any embarrassment and inconvenience that my actions have caused. I am committed to continuing to conduct myself in conformance with the high moral, ethical and professional standards that I have my entire life and of which so many others rightly expect of me. Because the matter is still in the hands of the court system, I cannot comment any further.”
Though Lewis doesn’t admit to any specific crime, his apology comes off as an acknowledgement that he did something he shouldn’t have done. He is charged with falsely reporting a fire and reckless endangerment after allegedly pulling a fire alarm when he and his older brother couldn’t get into the lobby of a hotel in Albany.
The fact that Lewis has apologized and Peterson hasn’t doesn’t mean that one guy is taking responsibility and one isn’t. In Peterson’s case, it’s still not clear there’s anything for which he should be apologizing.