Gerad Parker, Purdue’s interim head coach during the second half of the 2016 season, was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated earlier this week. Wednesday morning, he issued an apology.
On Twitter, Parker addressed his apology to his family, friends and former players. Parker gave an explanation of what happened on the night he got charged and said he thought he was under the legal limit to drive.
“I don’t ask for sympathy and know public opinion has already been passed,” Parker wrote. “But before you judge so quickly I wanted to issue this statement and shed light on what really occurred and take ownership for all this.”
I'm sorry to all my friends and family. Thanks to all that have reached out and shown support. pic.twitter.com/hnk32XPsCY
— Gerad Parker (@GeradParker1) February 22, 2017
Since leaving the Boilermakers staff, Parker briefly joined the Cincinnati staff before resigning last week. His named was linked to an assistant job at East Carolina, but it’s unclear what kind of impact the OWI charge will have on his job prospects.