Indianapolis, IN - Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee returned to practice Wednesday after serving a one-game, team-imposed suspension following his arrest for public intoxication.
The incident occurred early on the morning of October 20 when, according to WISH-TV in Indianapolis, police arrived after a woman called 911 to report a suspicious, shirtless person, identified as McAfee. The station cited the police report in saying the officer smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the punter, who was soaking wet and slurring his speech.
McAfee was not certain if he had been swimming in a canal, according to the report, but told the officer his shirt was in the water. The report said McAfee also told the officer he had "a lot" to drink.
The report said McAfee measured a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 on a portable breathalyzer, and was subsequently arrested. Colts president Bill Polian then suspended him for Monday's win over the Houston Texans, which took place after a bye week.
"I have always said that if you are a professional athlete you have the opportunity to be on a pedestal, whether you like it or not," an apologetic McAfee said in a lengthy statement. "You can use it the right way or the wrong way. In this particular situation, I was a complete letdown to a lot of people and a lot of fans and, most importantly, to the kids that look up to me."
"I've paid my price and I will continue to do so," McAfee continued. "Now it is my time to earn trust back from my teammates, my family and, most importantly, the city of Indianapolis and the Colts organization in particular."
McAfee is averaging 44.7 yards on 24 punts this season.