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James WIlder Jr. Statement On Arrest

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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.

Ive 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. Im 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."



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