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Lamarr Houston Apologizes, Will Return Saturday

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Starting defensive tackle Lamarr Houston's suspension ends at one game and he will return to play against Arkansas this Saturday. Readers of this site know how I feel about him both as a player and upstanding young man, so I'm especially pleased to see him handle this mistake the way he has. From the Statesman:

Houston asked to attend Monday’s news conference to address the media and to offer a public apology. “First and foremost, I thank God that I’m alive. … I’d like to apologize for making a bad decision …. I’m very remorseful. It’s not how I was raised.”

Houston teared up as he recounted how he had apologized for his actions to his 9-year-old nephew, someone who looks up to the Longhorn defender. Houston addressed his teammates the day after the arrest. “That was the toughest thing,” he said.

He said he will undergo counseling, work with homeless people and work with the Mitchie Mitchell Foundation, an anti-drunken-driving group.

How you handle mistakes is as sure a sign as any of what kind of man you are. A ten-gallon hat tip to Lamarr for accepting responsibility for his actions. Apology accepted.