Following his arrest for DWI and his dismissal from the Dallas Cowboy’s football team, free safety Marcus Coleman has issued an apology through a local newspaper. He text messaged his regrets to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Coleman apologized to the Dallas Cowboy organization, as well as his teammates, family and friends. He offered special apologies to head coach Bill Parcells, stating that he let the coach down. Coleman went on to say that he knows Parcells cares about both his football and personal life. Coleman said, “I am very disappointed in this whole situation…I am responsible. And I will move forward to correct this matter so it never happens again.”
Coleman was stopped by Irving police early Saturday morning and, according to police reports, failed a field sobriety test. Coleman was an off-season acquisition by the Cowboys, adding stability and experience to their safety position. He played high school football for Lake Highlands in Dallas and he was a Texas Tech standout. Drafted by the New York Jets in 1996, his transfer to the Cowboys allowed Coleman to reunite with coach Parcells and to play for a hometown team.
Coleman has a previous Texas DWI conviction from 2004, while he was playing for the Houston Texans. Coleman faces an early December court date for his latest DWI arrest. He currently does not have a DWI defense attorney and he has stated he is not sure how he will address the situation.
If convicted, Coleman could be suspended by the NFL. Coleman, 32, wants to continue his football career but accepts he has to “square away” some issues. “I know what areas I need help in. I will address them. Again, I am sorry.”