An apology from Greg Scruggs

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From his blog at to Louisville football fans …

Dear all those who have supported me for four years:

Where do I begin? After looking at my family, coaches, and teammates in the eyes after such an embarrassing incident, I now have to speak to you. I guess there is no other way to start this other than to say that I apologize. I apologize for the embarrassment that was caused to the University, my family, my team, and most of all, to you. For four years you have been in my corner through thick and thin, hell and high water, and though we may have not always seen eye to eye at times, our bond has only grown stronger. I have strolled the streets of Louisville smiling wide, and trying to be nothing but a great representative of my team, family, as well as an ambassador for the city.

Though I know most were disappointed, shocked, and in disbelief, I can sit here as an honest man and say that I made a mistake. Fortunately for me, this was a mistake that did not cost me my life, or anyone else’s. There is no justification for what happened but I must say that I was simply trying to to get someone else home safely (which I did). Hindsight is always 20/20 and after quite sometime for reflection, there were many other options that could have been explored but the fact of the matter is that it happened. I send my sincerest apologies to you in hopes that this won’t be how you remember me. However if it is, I can only pray for your forgiveness.

As for me, moving forward, I will be leaving the train to embark on a journey to hopefully better life for myself and for my family. I am joining the MADD movement as well as setting up my own engagements to speak to younger kids not only about choices, but about my journey and how they can help themselves. Despite this shameful moment, I am still proud to say that I am a graduate of the University and first in my immediate family to do so. So before I get long-winded, I just felt that it was only appropriate that I extend my sincerest apologies to all those who have been in my corner for my years at the school.. This blog wasn’t prompted by anyone but my gut instinct. I feel I owe it to you all for everything that you have done for me… Well.. I’m logging off.. My best wishes to all of you who read this… Happy New Year and may God continue to bless all of you all… Oh last, but CERTAINLY not least…. Go Cards.

Thanks, Greg. We all make mistakes. Go take care of business.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

3 thoughts on “An apology from Greg Scruggs

  • January 2, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Very classy!….It’s a shame what happened to him. He is a young person who made a young persons mistake. I thank Gregg for his years at the University of Louisville and hope he can move past this.

  • January 3, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Thanks Greg. We all make mistakes and there is only one judge that you ultimately have to answer to, not us. Share your story with those younger kids so that maybe they can be spared the same mistake that you have made and all should be well.

  • January 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    An apology is not necessary young man. There is not a single individual walking this earth who is perfect. Hold your head high for the adversity that you have overcame to get to where you are. It speaks very highly of you that it was a surprise when this happened. It means people have a very high opinion of you and didn’t expect this. You have been a larger influence on this community than half of the people that will look down their noses at you for a mistake most of us could have been charged with at some point in our lives. As you move forward, and the memory of what you were forced to miss because of this single incident haunts you, try and remember it is not your past that defines you but your present. Be the man God has called you to be and everything will take care of itself.

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