Former New England Patriots Legend Willie McGinest Is Ashamed of Alleged Assault Caught on Video

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Sep 29, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New England Patriots former player and current NFL Network analyst Willie McGinest on the field prior to a game between the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Former 15-year NFL player Willie McGinest recently released a statement to the public following the alleged nightclub assault caught on video.

The incident took place on December 9th at a nightclub in Santa Monica, California. TMZ first reported the incident and published footage of McGinest and his acquaintances allegedly punching a man who was sitting at a table at the nightclub. McGinest walked up to the man and they had a discussion before he allegedly punched the man, according to the report. Three other people are seen jumping into the action as well. Bystanders try to break it up and McGinest is seen allegedly hitting the man with a bottle repeatedly, leaving him bruised and bloody.

On Friday, McGinest released a statement on his personal Instagram apologizing for his actions earlier in the week.

“First and foremost, I want to offer my deepest apology for my lapse in judgment and behavior on December 9 at a restaurant in West Hollywood,” McGinest wrote. “To my family, community, friends, and youth I mentor, please know I feel horrible for my actions and take full responsibility. To my colleagues at the NFL Network and those that I work closely with as an advisor to professional and community-based organizations, please know I am embarrassed and regret what occurred.”

“Most of all, I am disappointed in myself, as I know this is an isolated incident and is not reflective of my faith, role as a father, life’s body of work, or the role model I’ve worked hard to become,” McGinest continued in his statement. “It is personally devastating that decades of community service, youth engagement, mentoring, and professional development would become an afterthought in a single moment that should never have happened. This incident has prompted me to deep self-reflection — mind, soul, and spirit. I know that violence is never the answer to such situations, no matter how intense the provocation. Rest assured, I will take whatever steps necessary to restore the public trust, mend damaged relationships, and ensure this never happens again.”

McGinest was the fourth overall pick out of USC in the 1994 draft and was selected by the New England Patriots. He spent his first 12 seasons with the Patriots and he finished his final three seasons with the Cleveland Browns. McGinest went to two Pro Bowls, is in the New England Patriots Hall of Fame, and won three Super Bowls with New England. He is one of the most famous players in Patriots history.  Following his 15-year career, he moved on to being an analyst for the NFL Network but is suspended as a result of the charges against him.

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