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Updated: August 8th, 2011 1:11pm
Rhett Bomar apologizes to teammates: 'It's an unfortunate situation'

Rhett Bomar apologizes to teammates: 'It's an unfortunate situation'

by Tom Pelissero
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MANKATO, Minn. -- Rhett Bomar wouldn't reveal the content of his Monday morning address, but coach Leslie Frazier confirmed the fourth-string quarterback apologized to his Minnesota Vikings teammates for his weekend arrest on a drunk-driving charge.

"It was more his idea," Frazier said of Bomar, who spent the night in Blue Earth County Jail after being booked for third-degree DUI at 5:15 a.m. Sunday.

"As we talked, he felt bad about what had happened and he knew how the guys would look. ... You've got 99 percent of the guys doing the right and one guy sticks out like a sore thumb, so (he was) really embarrassed and he wanted to talk to the guys about that."

Bomar, 26, was not seen on his way to the locker room after participating in the Vikings' first practice since Saturday night's scrimmage. On Monday afternoon, he spoke briefly with a small group of reporters and called the arrest "an unfortunate situation.

"We'll take care of it," Bomar added. "I've talked to Coach about it. That's between me and him. Really, that's kind of all I'll really say about the whole situation."

Frazier said the team still is gathering information about the incident "to make sure that there's nothing else that we need to know that's not out there." But Frazier feels Bomar "has been forthright" and releasing him doesn't appear to be under consideration.

"I'm not naïve enough to think there aren't going to be other situations," Frazier said. "I know there are going to be others, and you've just got to deal with them on an individual basis."

Signed off the New York Giants' practice squad in December, Bomar was a long shot to make the team even before his arrest. He's been working behind Donovan McNabb, Joe Webb and rookie Christian Ponder in practice since camp began.

What he said to teammates on Monday is "between me and them and everybody that's out there that was with the team. I felt (compelled) to get up there and say something to them, and Coach gave me an opportunity to do that. So, it was good."

End Jared Allen, who had three DUI arrests when the Vikings acquired him from the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008, said Bomar told teammates that "he made a mistake. I don't know - I was at home with my wife. It's his problem. Obviously, the kid made a mistake, he'll deal with it and we'll move forward.

"I think everybody deserves second chances if you can learn from them and move forward. Nobody in this world is perfect. So, it's one of those things -- it does happen, it happens to the best of us, and all you can do is learn from your mistake. I think people are willing to forgive you if you learn from your mistake and move forward. He'll just have to prove it now."

Bomar is the third player known to have been arrested since Frazier took over as coach in January. The other two, end Everson Griffen and cornerback Chris Cook, also remain with the team and figure to contribute this season.

"I think Coach Frazier is doing what he thinks is right," linebacker Chad Greenway said. "That's his call. It's good to see (Bomar) here still competing and knowing that one bad mistake isn't going to get him booted off. He's been out here working very hard this first week."

Asked if he's pleased with his teammates' support, Bomar said, "That's what you want. With everybody on this team, it's a bunch of great guys on this team. Especially being as a quarterback, you want guys behind you, guys that believe in you and things like that."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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