INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– On the same day he was released by the Indianapolis Colts, rookie safety John Boyett issued a public apology for the behavior that got him arrested at a downtown Indianapolis bar.
Issuing the apology via Twitter, Boyett wrote:
“I want to apologize to Mr. Irsay @JimIrsay , the Indianapolis Colts organization @Colts and the Indianapolis police. The Colts gave me an opportunity and I blew it. My behavior didn’t and doesn’t represent who I am. I am deeply embarrassed and disappointed in myself. All I can do now is learn from it and never repeat it. I look forward to showing my true character in the future.”
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police arrested Boyett early Monday morning after an altercation at Tiki Bob’s in the 200 block of South Meridian Street. Employees at the bar told police Boyett was intoxicated and abusive toward employees and other patrons. They said he had left the bar, then returned and refused to leave when asked.
A police report states that Boyett tried running from arresting officers. The officers said Boyett told them, “You can’t arrest me, I’m a Colts player.”
Officers also said Boyett threatened to come back and “break your jaw.”
Colts fans in the downtown area told Fox59 they agreed with the decision to let Boyett go.
“Anybody can be arrested, dude,” said Shawn Farrar, Indianapolis. “If you act like an idiot, you’re gonna be arrested.”
“We don’t need that,” said Shelly Spencer of Fishers. “We’ve had enough of it in the past. I think there’s intolerance for that.”
Boyett isn’t the only Colts player to get into recent trouble.
Receiver Lavon Brazill is suspended for the first four games of the regular season for a violation of NFL drug abuse policy. Safety Joe Lefeged was recently arrested in Washington, D.C. for violating one of that city’s concealed weapons laws, and popular punter Pat McAffe earned a trip downtown a few years ago for his famous after-hours swim in the canal.
But none of those offenses involved violence or the threat of violence, and fans think that’s why those other players are still on the team and Boyett is not.
“I mean taking a swim in the canal and threatening people is a totally different thing,” said Richard Sover of Indianapolis.
Other fans say the fact that Boyett is a rookie may have played into the decision, but that’s not something Fox59 has heard directly from the Colts organization.