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Geno Hayes owns up after Monday's arrest



Linebacker Geno Hayes spoke to reporters today for the first time since his arrest early Monday morning for disorderly conduct and trespassing.

Calling the incident "unfortunate," Hayes promised there would not be a repeat.

"I apologize to the fans, this organization and I promise you it won’t happen again," Hayes said after today's practice. "I’m ready for Sunday. Let’s get these Lions."

Asked whether he thought the team's recent arrests have given the team a bad reputation, Hayes said, "Of course (people) are going to have different opinions and thoughts about the team, but we know what’s real."

Hayes was arrested around 2 a.m. Monday morning outside the Blue Martini nightclub in Tampa after an altercation with police. An officer attempted to subdue him using a Taser, then tackled him when the device proved ineffective through Hayes' thick coat.

Hayes added, "It’s just an unfortunate situation. You have to live and learn from it. That’s the whole point."

As for the message given to him by coach Raheem Morris: "Sometimes you just have to walk away."

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 3:31pm]


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