Quarterback Rhett Bomar evaded the media on Monday, one day after his drunk driving arrest, but he was upfront with his teammates about the incident.
“It was more his idea,” said Leslie Frazier of Bomar’s decision to address the team. “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.”
Frazier said the Vikings do not plan on releasing the quarterback, who currently appears to be fourth on the depth chart and likely to get cut anyways, but that the team is investigating the incident to make sure that “there’s nothing else that we need to know.”
“I’m not naïve enough to think there aren’t going to be other situations,” Frazier said of his approach to players getting into trouble. “I know there are going to be others, and you’ve just got to deal with them on an individual basis.”
Jared Allen, who knows a thing or two about getting into trouble for driving drunk, said Bomar admitted to the team that he had made a mistake.
“I think everybody deserves second chances if you can learn from them and move forward,” said Allen. “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.”