After two disappointing years on the field, Darrius Heyward-Bey turned things around last season. He suffered a setback off the field this offseason, however, when he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
"I just kind of regret bringing bad attention to the team, for the most part," Heyward-Bey said, via the Contra Costa Times. "Want to let the fans know that I'm here, working hard, trying to get on the same page with Carson and looking forward to the season."
"Kind of" regretting bringing bad attention "for the most part" is one of the weaker apologies we can remember, but at least Heyward-Bey tried. He might be so mealy-mouthed because of his lawyer's orders. The receiver's message in the courtroom will be different; Heyward-Bey will plead not guilty.
Heyward-Bey does not have a history of legal or substance abuse problems, so it's unclear if he'll face a possible suspension from the league. The former No. 7-overall pick was Oakland's leading receiver last year with 975 yards. We'd bet on Denarius Moore and/or Jacoby Ford passing him in production this season.