After delivering one of the most egregious cheap shots we've ever seen against Iowa State defensive back Deon Broomfield last Thursday, Texas wide receiver Mike Davis issued a public apology for his actions.
Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News tweeted his statement, which can also be seen in video form here:
Mike Davis statement today: "I would like to issue a full apology for not only the play that occurred with Deon Broomfield of Iowa State...— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) October 8, 2013
(cont) ... but everything that has surrounded this issue. My comments yesterday were not intended to indicate that I would ever do ...— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) October 8, 2013
More Davis: "anything illegal or malicious, and I would never have any intent of hurting anyone or doing anything else outside of the rules"— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) October 8, 2013
This is a big about-face for Davis, who, after the game, defended his actions by tweeting that he "plays through the whistle" and isn't dirty:
I play to the whistle ..... Sorry I was taught that.— Money Magic Davis jr (@MikeDavis_1) October 4, 2013
I don't have a history of being a dirty player & have never been called one. The tape without knowledge of the circumstances is unfair.— Money Magic Davis jr (@MikeDavis_1) October 4, 2013
He took that lack of remorse one step further on Monday. "If we have another run-pass situation, I’d do the same thing," Davis said, according to Chris Hummer of the Dallas Morning News. "If the DB’s loafing, he deserves to get cut."
Those comments were almost worse than the hit itself, which caused a stir for its distance from the play and targeting of the knees. Take a look for yourself:
The Big 12 felt strongly enough to issue a public reprimand of Davis' actions but didn't, as some had hoped, opt to suspend him for any time:
In accord with the Conference’s Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct policy, Mr. Davis’ action was in violation of the rule prohibiting physically abusive acts toward an opponent’s team members during a contest. Given the heightened emphasis on player safety, unnecessary and illegal acts such as this have no place in the game and are unacceptable. Mr. Davis is also put on notice that any future such behavior may result in a more serious penalty, including possible suspension.
Because of the timing of Tuesday's apology, one day after Davis said he'd make the hit again, it's hard to take his sentiment to heart. Something about it rings insincere, especially since it runs in direct contrast to everything else he's said since the play.
But the end of the day—thankfully—Broomfield emerged from the hit uninjured, which means we can start to put this saga in the past. Had he been forced to miss an extended period of time or undergo surgery, the upshots would have been cause for further review.
Instead, we can try to move forward and focus on football.