Here is an official statement from Austin Seferian-Jenkins released by UW tonight concerning his incident this weekend:
“Coach Sarkisian holds our team to high standards on and off the field, and I fell short of those standards this weekend. I apologize for letting down my family, my team and the entire University of Washington community. I will take full responsibility for my actions and work to use this as a learning experience.”
Neither Seferian-Jenkins, nor any athletic department officials, will have further comment on the matter at this time.
UPDATED, 8:30 P.M. UW men’s basketball coach Lorenzo Romar, who coached Seferian-Jenkins last year, said on his radio show tonight he was surprised when he heard of the incident.
“Anything like that, especially with someone like him, it kind of catches you off guard,” Romar said. “I just hope that can get resolved and I’m sure it will. And I’m sure that he’ll learn from it.”
Asked if it’s hard on a team when something of that nature happens, Romar said: “When you have a group for football, 80 on scholarship or whatever it is, that’s a lot of people. That’s a lot of kids that you did not raise that come from all different backgrounds and cultures. And now you’re with them, you can’t watch them 24-7. I would think that with that many kids every now and them someone is going to make a mistake. I don’t think that’s a bad reflection on their coaching staff. And truth be told there’s some others that have made a mistake like that. Is it a pattern with one individual? I think at that point something is really, really wrong. But again I’m just pulling for Austin and hoping he can get over this.”