Green Bay Packers linebacker Erik Walden, the champions’ player arrested last Friday after an alleged altercation with his girlfriend, apologized today to the organization, coaches, fellow players, and fans as he was questioned by a throng of reporters at his locker.
“I want to apologize to the entire organization, my teammates and the fans,” Walden said. “You know, it’s an ongoing process, I respect that process, and it’s just unfortunate that I brought something negative from so much positive that’s going on with this organization.”
He didn’t say anything about the specifics of the incident and indicated he was accepting of the need to let the process run it’s course.
Walden’s girlfriend had originally told police that as she argued with the Packer player that he struck her.
However, she later changed her story to say she hit him first.
The conflicting story has prompted Brown County District Attorney John Zakowski to initiate a more thorough probe of the incident.
Brown County District Attorney John Zakowski said Monday that Walden’s girlfriend originally told police they were arguing and he pushed her but she has since changed her story to say she hit him first.
It’s unclear as to his playing status for Sunday’s game in New York against the Giants, but he did say he’s ready to move ahead.
“I feel terrible about the situation. Just ready to move on and play football.”
Whether he plays Sunday will be up to Coach Mike McCarthy. He is scheduled to talk to the press about it tomorrow. While the league is still looking into the case, it’s not out of the question that the Packers would sit him.
If he doesn’t play, Frank Zombo, who has had injury problems this season, would be his replacement.
Walden’s teammates have been supportive.
“I think everyone’s just behind him on the team, supporting him,” right tackle Bryan Bulaga said. “I don’t know much of the details of the whole thing.”
“…that’s why this team has been so good getting past adversity, whether it’s injuries or whatnot, being able to move on just because of the great leadership.”
Walden has played well this season and has started all 11 games this year. He had a team-leading 10 tackles against the Lions on Thanksgiving.
No formal charges have been filed against Walden though prosecutors are still investigating. Zakowski said he needs more time to interview others to see if this is a case of miscommunication or if the woman is trying to protect Walden.
Walden is scheduled to return to court Dec. 7.