Rodgers apologizes for actions

Rookie wide receiver Cory Rodgers, arrested last week on weapons charges after a bar fight in Fort Worth, Texas, apologized for actions after practice. Rodgers, the first of Green Bay's two fourth-round selections in the recent NFL draft, faces misdemeanor charges of unlawfully carrying a firearm and unlawfully discharging a firearm.

"First off, I want to apologize to my family, the Packer organization, my teammates, my coaches, and especially the fans, Rodgers said. "I made a mistake, and I have to live with that. I just want my fans and the Packer organization to know that I am deeply sorry for the incident that happened. I respect the judicial system, but I respect the fans and the media, too. I have no further comment on it."

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said that he has met with Rodgers about the incident. Police said the fight started after Rodgers, 23, refused to sign autographs and buy drinks for people in the Stone Canyon Club. Approximately 50 to 60 people were involved in the fight, some using pool cues and beer bottles as weapons, police said.

Fort Worth police officers said they then heard gunshots from behind the building, and found Rodgers in the back seat of a car with an empty .40-caliber automatic handgun. Officers said Rodgers fired two shots into the air, and he had more ammunition in a seat pouch in front of him, Lt. Dean Sullivan told the Star-Telegram.

Rodgers was arrested and released on a $2,000 bail.

"The young man made a mistake," McCarthy said. "Obviously you never want to see one of your own make a mistake, but like I've talked to Cory, he's made a mistake and we've recognized his mistake. More importantly, as we talked as a team today, we all need to learn from that. He's a young man that was in the wrong place and he needs to learn not to be in that situation again."


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