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Colts David Parry apologizes to organization and fans

Colts nose tackle David Parry apologized to the Colts organization and its fans Saturday.
David Parry addresses the media at Colts camp July 29, 2017 (WTHR image by Jim Johnston)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Colts nose tackle David Parry apologized to the Colts organization and its fans Saturday.

Parry, the third-year nose tackle from Stanford, was arrested at 2:30 a.m. February 25 in Scottsdale, Arizonia, on suspicion of robbery, auto theft, criminal damage, resisting arrest and driving under the influence. On May 31, he pleaded guilty to lesser charges – disorderly conduct and attempted unlawful means of transportation and was sentenced to two years of probation, but he avoided jail time. The drunk-driving charge is still pending.

Police video showed a rambling and largely incoherent Parry sitting on a sidewalk after allegedly stealing a golf cart and driving it into a gate. When police arrived, he leveled several homophobic and misogynistic slurs at the officers, all of it caught on tape.

“Portions of my case are still ongoing so I can’t speak into detail, but what I can say is that back in February, I made several mistakes – mistakes I’m not proud of, mistakes I regret but mistakes that aren’t truly representative of who I truly am,’’ Parry said before taking any questions.

“I would like to apologize to anyone who I hurt, offended or let down by my words and actions that night. I like to thank Mr. (Jim) Irsay, Mr. (Chris) Ballard and Coach (Chuck) Pagano for giving me a second chance, but now it’s on me to earn the trust back of my teammates, the community and the organization to prove that I can be a good representative of the Shoe both on and off the field…’’

He was asked about having his reputation besmirched – a reputation, he concedes, he besmirched himself with his actions that night.

“It was a pretty terrible experience,’’ he said. “I’m more low key so people don’t necessarily know the true person that I am unless they get to know me, and that’s tough for everybody to get to do.’’

Parry worried the Colts might not bring him back after the incident, so he’s deeply grateful they are giving him this second chance.

Now he needs to make the most of it.