Green Bay Packers second year defensive back Brandon Underwood apologized to his teammates during a team meeting today for the alleged Lake Delton incident and the fact that several of them got dragged into the ordeal.
A number of players were in Wisconsin Dells for Clay Matthews charity golf outing. Underwood was accused by two women of sexual assault, but no charges have been filed.
Underwood spoke with reporters very briefly this afternoon and said, “At this time, I’m not going to be able to make any statements involving the situation. It’s a legal matter. I understand that you guys all have a job to do. It’s just at this current time, I’m not going to be able to make any statements or answer any questions. And I just want to apologize to my teammates for dragging them into this and I’m sorry that it’s been a distraction for the team.”
Packers coach Mike McCarthy admitted today that there was discussion on the subject during the meeting.
McCarthy said this will make the team stronger and better, having to deal with adversity. He said it’s a real teaching opportunity.
Last week, McCarthy was praising Underwood for his play during OTA’s and his work during the offseason. The coach said that doesn’t change.
The Packers under McCarthy have been fairly squeaky clean, until recently. Most recently, TE Spencer Havner was arrested on suspiciion of DUI following a motorcycle accident in March and as Johnny Jolly nears his felony drug possession trial, the allegations are beginning to be of concern.
McCarthy believes the incidents are isolated and the Packers are dealing with each one separately.