AUSTIN (KXAN) — Longhorns offensive lineman Kent Perkins, 21, will have to sit out Saturday’s game against Oklahoma State University after being arrested on a DWI charge last week.
In Monday morning’s briefing, Coach Charlie Strong said he suspended Perkins from this week’s game but it’s not clear if he’ll be suspended from any other games. Strong also said Perkins will have to go through counseling and do community service. Perkins will also face disciplinary action within the program.
“It’s one guy that I was really upset, totally upset about it, and he himself — I never sat down with a player and he’s gotten in trouble, and he’s like, Coach, I let you down. I said, you did not let me down, you let yourself down and your teammates. I said to him, the good thing about you, Perk, is I just know that’s not who you are and that’s not going to define who you are, and you’re going to be suspended this game,” Strong said.
Perkins met with the media Monday to issue his own apology.
“I want to apologize to my team, my coaches, my family, all my loved ones, anybody that’s ever looked up to me. I made a mistake, and I really apologize for that. That’s not me. That’s not my character. That’s not what I’m about. I’m just ready to gain the trust back from those people, and I know I disappointed a lot of people, and the biggest thing right now is I just want to move forward, forget about this mistake. I’m a leader on this team. I need to act like that on and off the field. I’m just ready to put all this behind me and start moving forward.”
“I know what’s important. I’m not a guy that goes out, you know. I’m going to take from this that being a leader, being the older guy on the team, I have to set that example. I didn’t set that example. But going forward, I’m going to do a lot of things right. I’m going to strive to do a lot of things right,” Perkins said.
Perkins was arrested Friday morning in downtown Austin and charged with DWI. At the time of his arrest, Strong issued a statement stating he was “disappointed” in his player’s actions.
The head coach has a set of five core values ever football player must follow:
- Treat women with respect
- No drugs
- No stealing
- No guns
Perkins is a fourth-year offensive lineman for the University of Texas at Austin football team. Perkins has played a total of 31 career games. ESPN ranked Perkins number six on the national list of offensive tackles when he was a senior in high school, according to the UT website.