Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing He spoke to the media for the first time since he was arrested and charged with DUI last Thursday.
Downing was arrested after Tennessee’s 27-17 win on Thursday night. Green Bay wrappers At Lambeau Field.
“It’s devastating for my actions or anything I’m involved to draw negative attention to or distract from this organization, the owner, Miss Amy (Adams Strunk) and the front office, and frankly coach (Mike) Vrabel.” Downing said Wednesday.
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Downing did not go into details of the arrest, refusing to say whether he drank at the facility or on the team’s plane.
“I understand how sensitive and disturbing this is, and I’m not naive about how painful it can be for some people who have been in similar situations,” Downing said.
Ahead of the Titans’ match against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Tennessee head coach Mike Vrabel confirmed that Downing will remain the team’s offensive coordinator.
“As our attack coordinator, Todd, we’re going to continue with how things are,” Vrabel said.
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“Things can change now. I want to make sure everyone understands that at any time, when we hear from the league or legal process, these things can obviously change.”
Vrabel told reporters that the organization provides transportation to players and coaches, Downing said he knew about it, but declined to answer why he didn’t choose that option on Wednesday.
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“I can’t go into the details of that night,” Downing said.
Following Downing’s arrest, the NFL sent a note to all teams reminding them of the league’s status. policy on alcohol on team planes.
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“In light of recent events, clubs are reminded that League policy prohibits alcoholic beverages, including beer, in locker rooms, training or office facilities, or when traveling on team buses or planes at any time pre-season, regular season, or post-season. According to ESPN,” the note said. . “This applies to all players, coaches, club staff and guests traveling with your team.”
7-3 on the season, the Titans took two back-to-back wins after a close defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 8.
Paulina Dedaj of the Associated Press and Fox News contributed to this report