Former Florida State runningback James Wilder Jr. got arrested yesterday on an outstanding warrant for driving with a suspended license. Here’s his statement via the Tampa Tribune.
Wilder released a statement about the driving incident on Monday afternoon, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.
“Last night in my hometown of Tampa, Florida, I was pulled over by an officer and arrested on a warrant for missing a court date for driving with a suspended license.
“My license had been suspended in Florida while I was training in California for the NFL Combine. Several weeks ago, when I returned home, my license was reinstated, but I did miss a mandatory court date.
“The police officers were all professional and I apologized to them for my actions. There is really no excuse for missing court dates,” the Wilder statement said.
“I have good people in my life who always tell me to watch what I do because I am in the public eye, and because kids look up to me. I really do want to be the kind of person who makes people proud. I am not proud of myself when I make mistakes like this.
“I’ve seen articles today about other mistakes I have made in my life. … I know there are no excuses for those things, even though for the longest time I told myself they were small things and not a big deal. But they are a big deal, because I am a better person than that.
“Today I am celebrating my birthday with family and friends. I’m another year older, and another year wiser. I also know there are lots of people waiting for me to prove that.
“I am thankful for all that God has blessed me with in my life.”