Not everyone hides behind the shield of “pending legal proceedings.”
Giants linebacker Dan Connor spoke Sunday about his recent arrest for having a switchblade in his luggage at the Philadelphia International Airport.
“I was flying out to a wedding in Pittsburgh and had something in my bag, a pocket knife that I didn’t even know about,” Connor said, via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com. ”I hadn’t seen it in over a year. I was a little shocked when they pulled it out. It’s something I have to deal with now. . . . I’m responsible for it and I’ll accept whatever punishment is handed out.”
Connor said he thought he had lost the “spring-loaded” knife while moving.
“They don’t want the bad publicity and I don’t want it on myself,” Connor said. ”Being a new guy here, I don’t want to put a scar or have a bad mark on a city that doesn’t even know me that well. It’s just unfortunate.
“But at the same time, it’s my fault. And I have to prove to everybody that I’m not that type of guy, a guy to get in trouble. It was the first time I’ve been arrested, so pretty embarrassing for me.”
It’s embarrassing, but honorable. Connor isn’t hiding behind constitutional protections aimed at ensuring innocent people aren’t wrongfully convicted. He did it, he’s owning it, and he’s moving on.