Seahawks rookie Malik McDowell on Monday apologized for his involvement in an incident that led a disorderly conduct arrest over the weekend.
Seattle Seahawks rookie Malik McDowell on Monday released an apology via social media for an incident that led to an arrest early Sunday morning for disorderly conduct.
McDowell was arrested after being thrown out the CL Lounge in a dispute over payment for a $600 he believed the club owed him and was thrown out after he poured out a couple of bottles of liquor.
He was booked for disorderly conducted and released on $325 bond.
In his statement, McDowell wrote “I am embarrassed by the situation and my actions on Saturday. I would like to apologize to the Atlanta Police Department, SL Lounge, the entire Seattle Seahawks organization and my teammates. I am a young man who made a mistake and am constantly working towards getting better.”
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Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Monday afternoon that he had met with McDowell, as had general manager John Schneider.
“He was very remorseful,” Carroll said. “He got in a situation and made a mistake and hopefully this will be a learning experience for him. I don’t know much more than that about it. … I know he felt really bad representing in that manner.”
The arrest continued a tough rookie year for McDowell, who is on the Seahawks’ Non-Football Injury list and has been declared out for the season after suffering what the team has termed “a really bad concussion” suffered in an ATV accident in July.
Carroll had expressed optimism at midseason that McDowell might have a chance to return this season. But Carroll said in late November that McDowell no longer had a chance to return this season.
The Seahawks chose McDowell with the 35th overall pick in the draft last April hoping that the former Michigan State standout could add depth, if not an immediate impact, on the defensive line.
But McDowell has not participated in any official team activities since the ATV accident. He did some working out with trainers and has attended some practices.
McDowell signed a four-year contract worth $6.9 million that included $3.1 million guaranteed.
“I think we’re definitely going work to help him in every way that we can,” Carroll said. “We’ve already talked about that; and let’s hope that this isn’t an indicator of things to come. I hope that he has turned with this experience. He sounds very much intending to do that, and we’ll see what happens.”