Joe Morgan is thankful no one was injured when he was arrested late last month and charged with driving while intoxicated.
The New Orleans Saints wide receiver reportedly had a blood-alcohol level of .218, more than 2 ½ times the legal limit. He was also charged without having a valid license and Morgan was contrite when he spoke about the issue for the first time after the team’s minicamp practice on Thursday.
“I made a mistake for sure," Morgan said after the Saints' final minicamp practice, according to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "As a man I can say that. It was something that was truly a mistake. The good thing about it is that I didn't get hurt and nobody else got hurt. That was a God-given thing. God is teaching me a lesson. I'm learning.
"I learned the hard way, but it's good that I actually learned that lesson."
New Orleans coach Sean Payton has been supportive of Morgan and has said he could develop as the team’s No. 3 wide receiver as well as a vertical threat. That has to be reassuring for Morgan as players can never be too secure after they land in trouble.
"If you did something in your job, you would be concerned if it was your job,” Morgan said. “That was something in the back of my mind, but once I sat down and talked to Coach Payton, it was something that we could handle."
Hopefully his lesson is learned.
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