Sipili: I Am Really Sorry

In a day and age when athletes often hire publicists to write trite contrition speeches, CU linebacker Mike Sipili spoke off the cuff after Monday's practice about the trouble he got himself into.

There was no press release, no practiced lines and no excuses. On Monday, CU sophomore linebacker Michael Sipili stood tall and took the blame for what he called his own stupid mistake.

It was a bit of a surprise to see Sipili practicing Monday. He is under indefinite suspension by head coach Dan Hawkins after Sipili was arrested last week for his alleged role in a fight in Boulder in June.

Sipili, a humble young man from Hawaii, could be facing serious charges. According to the Boulder Camera, a police report stated Sipili fought with a CU student, who was attempting to help another CU student who was fighting with Sipili's teammate, Chris Perri. The person Sipili allegedly fought with, according to the Camera, suffered three facial fractures and required surgery.

Hawkins declined to comment on the situation Monday. But it appears he's waiting for Sipili's case to go through the legal system before defining the linebacker's suspension. Sipili was expected to be a starting inside linebacker this season.

On Monday, Sipili didn't flinch when reporters asked him about his situation.

"I'm thankful Coach gave me the opportunity (to practice)," he said. "I feel bad for my mistake. I'm really sorry for what I did."

Hawkins suspended Perri for three games for his role in that fight, and for a fight he had with teammate Taj Kaynor earlier in the summer. Kaynor earned a one-game suspension for the altercation, as well. Both players are practicing with the team.

"This is a learning experience," Sipili said. "I should have never been in this trouble in the first place. I've never got in this much trouble."

He said as people have asked him about the details of the altercation and the aftermath, he's responded by saying, "it's not worth it. You've got a lot of things ahead of you, so no stupid mistakes."


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