UW junior receiver Kasen Williams worked out with the first-string offense Monday. After practice, he addressed the media for the first time since his May alchol-related arrest in Chelan County.
Here’s the transcript and video:
(Can you describe what happened this summer and the process since?) “I made a mistake and I’ve definitely learned from it, and now I’m just trying to focus on the season. We got a beautiful stadium and a chance to do some big things this year. I just want to focus on that.”
(What was your teammates’ reaction?) “They were supporting me. … The last thing you want to do is talk in front of your team an then everybody have no support for you, but they gave me a lot of support and helped me out through the process.”
(So you addressed the team?) “Yes … (about) the whole situation and how everyting was done and how everything was handled and that I learned from everything and I know I made the team look bad and how we’re moving forward from it. If anything, it’s making me work harder and be more of a team player.”
(How have you turned this into a positive?) I know that everything happens for a reason. That’s one thing I’ve learned in life, that everything happens for a reason. I’m a firm believer of that. And I think this just gave me an edge to work even harder for this season coming up … It gave me more tunnel vision for the season.
(How difficult was it to stand up in front of team?) “It was terrible. It was really bad. I never wanted to be in that situation, and I don’t ever want to be in that situation again. And I told the team that. But it’s over with, it’s done now, and I learned from it.”
(What did you tell the team?) “It can be anybody. It can be anybody, no matter safe you think you’re being or how you think you’re being, it can happen to anyone at any time. And I told them not to do it. There’s no reason to, there’s no point to. We have too many positive things ahead of us, and there’s no reason … to risk it.”
(Was it difficult to get over?) It’s tough because I built up an image to the public and I worked so hard on building that image. My mom raised me very well, and my dad as well, and it’s a bad reflection on them. But it’s over with and I definitely learned from it and I never want to be in that situation again.”