Sensabaugh apologies after latest arrest
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jaguars safety Gerald Sensabaugh apologized Friday for his second arrest in 14 months and contradicted a police report that said he was "doing wheelies" on a motorcycle.
Sensabaugh was arrested May 30 in his hometown of Kingsport, Tenn., and charged with reckless driving. He was released on a $500 bond and given a July 22 court date.
Sensabaugh acknowledged Friday that he was speeding, but said he wasn't doing any motorcycles stunts.
"I was taking my bike to storage at a friend's house," he said. "I guess I was running too fast. I wasn't doing a wheelie or anything. He pulled me over and took me in. That was pretty much the story right there.
"I shouldn't be on a bike anyway. I apologize to the team and the organization and the fans for negative publicity. I'm not a bad person. I'm just going to come out here and work to play football."
It was Sensabaugh's second driving arrest in a little more than a year, and both came in Kingsport and included the same arresting officer.
He was stopped in March 2007 for speeding in his 2006 BMW. During the traffic stop, police found a loaded 9mm pistol in the console along with another loaded magazine. He was arrested for carrying a firearm without a permit. Sensabaugh said the weapons charge was eventually dropped.
This time, police said Sensabaugh and another motorcyclist were changing lanes and passing cars at high rates of speed and doing wheelies.
"When I got behind the defendant's motorcycle, he popped a wheelie and rode on his rear tire as he entered heavy traffic for about 50 feet," the police report said.
Sensabaugh scoffed at the officer's version, denying the stunt and saying, "There wasn't even that much traffic out there."
Although the league could discipline Sensabaugh for violating its personal conduct policy, his arrest won't prompt a fine for the team. The NFL has new rules that could lead to fines for teams whose players run afoul of the law, but they only apply to arrests or violations occurring after June 1.
Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio still could punish Sensabaugh, a fifth-round draft pick in 2005 who is vying for a starting spot this fall.
Del Rio made it clear Friday he discourages players from riding motorcycles.
"I can't make a policy and enforce a policy and really legislate it as a head coach and say, 'You can not do this," Del Rio said. "But I have and do continue to strongly encourage the guys not to put their career at risk. ... The average NFL career is 3½ years. Don't throw it away on a motorcycle accident.
"He's embarrassed by it, he apologized and hopefully it's another reminder for guys to do the right thing. I told him when you're done playing, there will be plenty of time. You can drive wherever you want, drive all day every day on those doggone motorcycles, but be smart, be safe."
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
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