Posted: 3:29 pm Friday, September 10th, 2010

Nick O’Leary: ‘I acted poorly … but my team has been punished enough’ 

By Matt Porter

Through a statement released today by the Dwyer athletics department, suspended Dwyer star Nick O’Leary apologized for his obscene gesture at the end of Dwyer’s controversial loss to Cleveland-Glenville in Columbus, Ohio.

Here is the full text of the statement:

I want to offer my sincere apologies and regrets for my actions. I made a poor decision at the end of an extremely intense and hard-fought game, and my actions came in the heat of the moment following a disappointment suffered by my entire team. Regardless, my actions were unfortunate and inexcusable. I have embarrassed myself and many others. I want to apologize to my teammates, my coaches, my school, my friends and family, and the community and state we were representing. I also wish to apologize to the players and coaching staff at Glenville. They played with talent and with heart, and they did not deserve my disrespect.

Our team traveled hundreds of miles at irregular hours. We scored three times in the last two minutes and were never awarded a touchdown. I was upset. I acted poorly. I regret my actions but feel as if my team has been punished enough. Now because of me they are being punished again. They have suffered enough. I want to move forward and learn from my mistakes.

The coaches and the school have disciplined me. I have read the Student-Athletes’ Code of Conduct and will comply with it in the future.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Nick O’Leary

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