So said 27-year-old professional soccer player Bob Malcolm after being arrested for driving while intoxicated. Here’s a man who truly believes in accepting responsibility for his actions:
I recognise that footballers are role models and that, as such, they should set a positive example. On this occasion, I have failed to do that.
Okay. Sounds good.
“But I must say that I was very upset and frustrated with the poor performance of the referee in our match at Plymouth the evening before.”
Doh! What were the circumstances of his arrest? As reported in the Daily Mail:
The drama happened on the M1 northbound at Tibshelf, Derbyshire, at around 6.30am on December 27 last year.
A shocked motorist told police he nearly smashed into Malcolm’s car, which was straddling the middle and fast lanes of the motorway.
The other driver pulled over, woke up Malcolm, persuaded him to move to the hard shoulder, and then phoned 999.
Malcolm’s blood alcohol level was more than double the legal limit. In addition to blaming the ref, Malcolm did have one more comment to try and distance himself from the crime:
“I would also like to stress that at the time of the incident, I was not driving my car. “I had pulled over to the side of the road and was sleeping. Once again, I apologise for what has been a major error of judgment.”
Wow. And how exactly did you get there, Malcolm? By getting shitfaced, and then driving to your parking spot in the middle of the road? NO EXCUSES. Just cop to it, and people will respect you a lot more. (I’m sure that ref is looking forward to his next match with you.) Here’s the article.