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July 31, 2008 4:03 PM

Warren Moon apologizes

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Warren Moon, Hall of Fame quarterback and Seahawks radio broadcast, talked about his remorse over two DUI arrests from 2007. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of negligent driving in both incidents, the most recent of which was resolved on Tuesday in Kirkland Municipal Court. The link to the news story can be found here.

Moon remains part of the Seahawks regular-season radio broadcast, and he said Thursday that he was embarrassed by what happened and understands that he can have no more incidents.

Moon: First of all, I want to say I'm just glad to have this whole incident behind me, this whole traffic incident. I have been very hesitant about talking about it just because of the legal ramifications of it. But now that it's kind of behind me, I just want to make a statement how deeply sorry I am, first of all. I'm just sorry that something like this had to happen to me, especially again, because I really look at myself as being a person that has high integrity and high character and I've worked a lot of years to get to that. To have these type of errors in judgment is something that's not part of my character. It's something I’m deeply sorry about. I'm sorry that I've put myself, my family and also the Seahawks organization in this type of position.

I also thank them -- my family and the Seahawks -- for their caring, their concern because that was the first thing that they were worried about – was I OK? – and then their patience in this whole thing and not jumping to judgments or anything like that, but really going through a full investigative process to find out everything that was going on here. Tod [Leiweke] and Mr. [Paul] Allen and also Tim [Ruskell] have been great throughout this whole process, and have really shown me a lot of confidence, but also getting down to the bare facts, they wanted to make sure of that as well. Because they pride themselves on running this organization with high character and high integrity and I did something that tarnished that. So that's something I don't feel great about. But I'm going to do everything in my power to make and try and change that, that part of a tarnished image for me right now, and I'm going to work at that.

As far as my case, I don't want to talk about that a whole lot, but to let you know that I did have a drug/alcohol evaluation and also voluntarily went into an out-patient educational comprehensive drug-treatment program just to make sure that I was OK. Because sometimes when you go through this thing and you start hearing a lot about it, you start talking a lot about it, you start wondering whether you do have a problem or not. That's something I wanted to find out more so I took the initiative to make sure that that wasn't the case. That's in the process right now, and I think you guys pretty much know the verdict of the case on everything that I’m going to have to do punishment-wise, and we're just going to go forward from there.

Q: And you went into this program on your own? Was it court-ordered?

Moon: No. I started it about two months ago, actually two and a half months ago, and it has been really good for me. It has been very informative because of the education you get out of it as far as learning about addiction, learning about alcoholism, learning about the psychological and physical factors of it all. Through all the reading that I've had to do, it has really taught me a lot about not only myself, but what makes other people become addicts or makes people become addicted to different things. That part of it has been good. And I guess it did help me as far as my case was concerned as well because it showed the judge that I was concerned about what had gone on.

Q: So it's an evaluation. How do you evaluate it? Do you think you have a problem?

Moon: You know, I really don't, but like I said, you never know and that's something that I had to try and make sure and get professionals to make sure of that for me. That was the reason I decided to do it. I just thought it would be good for me all the way around. There was no harm in doing it. I could only get good out of it.

Q: Were you ever concerned that your relationship with this organization was going to be taken away because of this?

Moon:

Did they give you any ultimatums as far as, 'If this ever happens again ...'

Moon: That's pretty much the writing is on that wall that it's going to be that way. It's kind of like three strikes and you're out. But I'm going to base it all on just my job, either. It's something that I don't want to go through again personally. I think I could always get another job or don't really need another job, but I like what I'm doing. I enjoy being around here … I don't want anything like this to happen again just because I don't want to take my family through it or myself. This is kind of an embarrassing thing for me.

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Posted by Greg

4:58 PM, Jul 31, 2008

I think KC should do the games and Raible back to doing color. It has nothing to do with Moon, I just think Raible is not a good play/play guy. will see after KC does a exihibition game.

Posted by Brad in Bellingham

5:38 PM, Jul 31, 2008

I concure. Bring in KC for play by play. Move Raibs to color. Also, I really like Moon. The guy is human and unlike many other star athletes (PacMan...), he feels remorse and realizes he has done wrong in the past. I would like to see him remain on the broadcast team as well - not sure what capacity however.

Posted by James Wendall

5:57 AM, Aug 01, 2008

Integrity - HAH

Wife beating, adulterous drunk

I'm sorry the Seahawks are associated with this lowlife

Posted by Ryan

8:40 AM, Aug 01, 2008

Every year, an annual event for Moon to apologize about "something" close to a serious crime, but which his lawyers are able to reduce to something just short of. It can't be too embarrassing, huh?

Posted by seatac57

10:13 AM, Aug 01, 2008

I really look at myself as being a person that has high integrity and high character and I've worked a lot of years to get to that. Does he really believe this? I am very disappointed in the Seahawks for allowing this conduct to continue. He probably should be removed from the broadcast, but be careful what you wish for. He could be replaced with Dori Monson or Brock Hurad.

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