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“I am truly sorry.”
England international outhalf Danny Cipriani has issued a lengthy statement on Twitter after appearing in court in Jersey this morning following an arrest for a nightclub incident on Wednesday.
The Gloucester playmaker pleaded guilty at Jersey magistrates court to charges of common assault and resisting arrest following an incident in a nightclub on the island. Cipriani was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £250 compensation.
In his statement Cipriani offers a ‘heartfelt apology’, but makes it clear that is was nothing more than a ‘minor incident’.
“I want to start with a heartfelt apology. To my club, teammates, supporters, and most importantly the police. They have a tough and vital job and I’m mortified that, earlier this week, I acted in a way that I hugely regret.” Cipriani wrote on Twitter.
“I am truly sorry.”
“I would also like to put on record the words of Magistrate Sarah Fitz who publicly stated that “it was a minor incident” and a “fine is more than sufficient”
“I was wrong to argue with a bouncer, and pull on his camera tie. I was also wrong to resist arrest. This is why I pleaded guilty to these two charges and all other charges were dropped by the prosecution.”
“I was initially confused as to why I was being arrested by three officers. This led me to react in the wrong manner for a matter of seconds, seeking to hold off the police officers rather than accepting their decision. It goes without saying, given the words of the Magistrate, that I didn’t strike anyone or initiate aggression in any way.”
“I was on a team night out with the whole squad. I am grateful to the club, who have been fully supportive.”
“I would like to publicly thank the Magistrate and the police and, once again, apologise both to them and the public.”
— Danny Cipriani (@DannyCipriani87) August 16, 2018