AUDIO: Mark Gottfried Statement
Mark Gottfried Statement
"It's important for me to say to Wolfpack Nation, all of our fans, that I want to apologize. I was in the heat of the moment, I used some language I shouldn't use and that was out of my character. I want to apologize. No one is responsible, other than me. I'm not one of those guys that wants to blame other people. That was inappropriate.
"I called Debbie Yow this afternoon and told her the same thing. I apologized to her. I also apologized to Randy Woodson. I represent NC State University and this is a magnificent place. We have magnificent fans, and I love our fans. Wolfpack Nation is incredible.
"In the heat of the moment I made a mistake. For that, I need to apologize. I love our fans and I love our team too.
"Last night after the game I was hurting for our players. I thought our players played extremely hard. They wanted to win, and we had some things hurt us throughout the game. I thought some turnovers hurt us, we missed some shots, and had some empty possessions. Those types of things in a game.
"Our players want to win. I love my team. I love these guys. I think we'll become a really good basketball team. Some people say I'm the eternal optimist, and my response to that is I'd rather be that than the alternative.
"I think we're going to get better. I was disappointed last night that we didn't win and disappointed in the outcome. We didn't have anything to show for that, and I said that after the game.
"We're going to move on and get ourselves ready to play this weekend."