Stetson Bennett, the University of Georgia Bulldogs quarterback who won two National Championships with the team as their starting signal caller, addressed his recent public intoxication arrest for the first time.
Speaking at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Friday, Bennett — who is currently projected by ESPN’s famed draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. to come off the board in the first round — acknowledged his mistake and said that he’s talked to coaches and GMs across the league about it.
“It was a mistake that everybody’s aware of,” Bennett said, according to reports.
“I understand why that can’t happen. I’ve talked to coaches about it, talked to GMs. I’ve apologized to my family. That’s who I felt worse about; I felt like I let them down, because no matter where I go now [people are going to know about it]. Even without all this, I’ve got an obligation. I’m the fourth [Stetson Bennett]. You can’t do that if you’re last name is Bennett. I know better.”
Back in late January, the 25-year-old was arrested for public intoxication in Dallas. According to reports, police were dispatched to Bennett’s location at around 6 a.m. on a Sunday morning after getting complaints of a suspicious person banging on doors.
When stopped by authorities, Bennett said his friend lived at the location but he was unable to contact him. After determining that he was intoxicated, the police arrested him and booked him for public intoxication.
Given his age (older than usual for a rookie at 25 years old), college pedigree, and mid-round-pick projection, it’s starting to feel like it’s only a matter of time until Bennett is suiting up in the blue of the New England Patriots for Bill Belichick.
The 2023 NFL Draft will be held at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri, from April 27 to April 29.
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