Washington sophomore quarterback Cyler Miles spoke with the media today for the first time since being involved in two post-Super Bowl incidents in February, prompting his one-game suspension for the Huskies’ Aug. 30 season opener at Hawaii.
“I just wanted to take the time to apologize for my behavior and my actions earlier this winter,” he said in a prepared statement. “A lot of people that represent me are affected by my actions, obviously my family, my teammates, my university and also the city I live in right now, Seattle. It was an embarrassment to all those people, to me, my family and my last name. So for that, I truly apologize. And at the same time, I realize that I did mess up. I highly regret it, and I’m just very excited to get back on the team and do my best to put this past me and start working with my guys again.”
The King County prosecutors office did not charge Miles in the altercations because of what it said was a lack of evidence. UW receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow was charged and ultimately pleaded guilty in April to three gross misdemeanors after he knocked down a young woman, who briefly lost consciousness, during a bonfire celebration shortly after the Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos.
Less than an hour later, Stringfellow and Miles, a Denver-area native wearing Broncos gear at the bonfire, chased a male Seahawks fan, who was assaulted.
Miles said he understood the community’s reaction to the assaults of the Seahawks fans.
“I have no problem with the Seahawks,” Miles said. “I respect Russell (Wilson) and what he’s done at that program. But things happen and I take full responsibility for my actions. I messed up big time and I’m willing to face the consequences and do everything in my power to gain the respect back of Husky fans and my teammates and Coach Pete.”
UW coach Chris Petersen announced two weeks ago that Miles would be suspended for the Huskies’ first game at Hawaii. Miles was also suspended from all team activities, including spring practices, for three months until mid-May.
UW announced in May that Stringfellow would transfer. He is now at Mississippi.
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