Jamal Lewis: 'I am a responsible parent'

Former NFL running back Jamal Lewis says he is a responsible parent, issuing a statement to the Carroll County Times following his arrest in Atlanta on Wednesday for child abandonment.

"My arrest on Wednesday evening was the result of a misunderstanding rather than the result of me being an unfit father," Lewis said in the statement. "I am a responsible parent and have always provided for my children. That fact cannot be disputed. I have made mistakes in my life, but failing to care for my children is not one of them. I'm confident this matter will be resolved as the legal process plays out, and I will continue to work toward an arrangement within the court system that will allow me to effectively co-parent my son."

Lewis allegedly has not been in contact with his son.

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