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Walden apologizes for arrest, still will play

Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:07 pm
E. Walden was arrested no suspicion of domestic battery (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Packers linebacker Erik Walden was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery last Friday morning, a few hours after his Green Bay teammates polished off the Lions during their Thanksgiving matchup. After spending the weekend in jail because of the holiday weekend, Walden has emerged apologetic and, according to his coach, ready to play this weekend.

So, apparently, he will.

That’s the word from ESPN Milwaukee’s Jason Wilde, who writes that coach Mike McCarthy doesn’t believe a suspension is warranted for Walden at this point.

“Based on the information we have to date, Erik will play in the game," McCarthy said. “I have every anticipation for Erik to start.”

Will there be any type of discipline?

“That's really something that, once again, we'll watch the process, gather all the information," he said. “Those types of decisions are in-house decisions anyway. We've never discussed discipline publicly. We're respecting the process and collecting the information."

The case, since Walden was arrested, seems to have gotten less airtight. Originally, Walden’s live-in girlfriend (and the mother of his two children) said she and Walden were involved in an altercation, and he pushed her. But later, the woman -- who was treated for a bump and a cut on her head at a local hospital -- changed her story, saying that she was the one who started the fight and that Walden was only trying to defend himself.

Charges have not been filed, but Walden still said he was sorry.

“I want to apologize to the entire organization, my teammates and the fans,” he said. “You know, it’s an ongoing process, I respect that process, and it’s just unfortunate that I brought something negative from so much positive that’s going on with this organization. … I’m cooperating fully.”

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Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2011 1:08 pm

Walden apologizes for arrest, still will play

People are very quick to judge...especially with rich people. If he did it he should be disciplined but if not, and the original report was exaggerated or fabricated out of the emotion of the moment, then he didn't do anything wrong. It amazes me how quickly people will assume guilt. If he did it, suspend him...but until he is actually found guilty, or even charged, he should be allowed to play.

Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:21 pm
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Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2011 7:45 am

Walden apologizes for arrest, still will play

Ray Lewis should be in jail:  still playing.   Ben Roethlisberger should be in jail:  still playing.  Donte Stallworth runs a construction worker over, while still in a drunken haze from a bender the night before, should be in jail:  still playing.

There is no sense of justice that NFL players are subject to, so whatever.  They're above the law and get preferential treatment, and anyone that says they don't needs to open their eyes.

Let the man play.

Since: Aug 1, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2011 7:00 am

Walden apologizes for arrest, still will play

Suh gets two games for kicking a 300lb. lineman and this guy gets to play on Sunday? I don't think that's fair and I don't like Suh.

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:26 am

Walden apologizes for arrest, still will play

This is either the story of a woman who thinks getting hit isn't worth making her husband miss a game, or the usual round of I-was-angry-and-said-some-stuff-tha

. If the former, it's disgusting. If the latter, another athlete suffers under the microscope of the public eye.
Walden has been quite a find for Green Bay. I'd hate to think he's the kind of coward who thinks hitting his partner asserts his dominance. Unfortunately, it wouldn't surprise me that much.

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