Nick Fairley says 'my actions were inexcusable'

Titus Young met with reporters and did his best to explain his situation after missing a week of OTA’s following a sucker-punch attack on teammate Louis Delmas.

But Nick Fairley, the other Detroit Lion to be in hot water lately, has yet to speak publicly. The defensive tackle, arrested last month for DUI on the heels of his April arrest on charges of marijuana possession, did release a statement.

Fairley went on his Facebook page today to apologize for his off-field incidents, according to the Lions official Web site.

“After taking some much-needed time to reflect on recent incidents, and after conversations with my advisers, teammates, and members of the Lions organization, I would like to make the following statement:

“I want to personally apologize to my fans, teammates and the Detroit Lions organization for bringing this unwanted attention to our team. I recognize my actions were inexcusable and I personally need to uphold the expected standard of behavior of a professional athlete. I do not take for granted this opportunity and feel blessed everyday to play in the NFL.

“At this time, I am fully cooperating with the Mobile, Ala. Police Department. I am now focused on moving forward and committing my focus to football. I would like to thank everyone for your concern and understanding.”

Fairley could face a suspension from the NFL. Early reports from the offseason program were that he was in top condition and looking good. Now, he has a detour to navigate and all eyes will be on the first-round pick from 2011.

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