David Diehl Will Continue To Attend New York Giants Camp After DUI Charges
New York Giant’s offensive lineman, David Diehl, who was involved in an accident earlier last month, was arrested for crashing his BMW into two parked cars; however, won’t be missing his training camp after DUI charges, authorities say.
According to the New York Post, Diehl, will be released from jail and will no longer be in jeopardy of missing the first day of training camp following an unscheduled appearance in a Queens Criminal court Saturday morning. The football star had been arrested last month on June 10 on charges of driving under the influence, following a day of drinking while watching a Croatia soccer match.
Diehl had been scheduled to re-appear in court yesterday on July 26, which marks the first opening day of Giants camp. His lawyers were also able to get him a quick hearing.
According to the New York Post, Diehl’s attorneys arranged a quick hearing on Friday where they updated the judge about “continuing discussions for a possible disposition” for the DUI charges, and as a result, Diehl won’t have to show up in court next week.
Diehl was released on his own recognizance. He gave an emotional public address in which he apologized for the incident and promised it would never happen again.
“I’ve worked hard during my career to set a positive example, and yesterday I fell far short of this standard. I apologize to my family, my fans, the New York Giants, and the NFL. I made a poor decision that I sincerely regret, and, as always, take full responsibility for my actions,” Diehl said.
Diehl was ordered to appear back in court Friday, Sept. 7. This next court date is set for Friday which is likely an off day for the Giants, who open the season against the Cowboys on Wednesday, September 5.
The frequency of DUI arrests this summer hasn’t been confined to the NFL. Over the weekend, recently-signed Knicks guard Jason Kidd was arrested for drunk driving. Earlier this month, Diehl also offered some advice to guard Jason Kidd, who was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving only 10 days after signing with the New York Knicks.
“It just goes to show you that, it doesn’t matter who you are, you can make a bad mistake in judgment,” Diehl said in a statement. “One thing that I’d tell him is go back to the John Wooden [principle], be more worried about your character than your reputation. Because your character is really who you are, your reputation is what people think of you. So handle it like a man, take responsibility, and help others move forward and make sure they don’t make the same mistake.”
Since Super Bowl XVLI ended on the night of Feb. 5, there have been 27 arrests of NFL players, including a large number of drunk driving arrests. Last week alone, three players were popped for DUI, including Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt, who many wanted the Giants to draft in 2009.
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