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By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky junior receiver Matt Roark has a simple message for Kentucky football fans about his DUI arrest a few weeks ago.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was a stupid mistake and I hope the fans forgive me and still will be rooting for me because I will still give it all I have got,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Roark.
He was arrested the morning after UKÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s loss to Georgia and was suspended for the next game at Mississippi State. He played last week against Charleston Southern and expects to play again Saturday against Vanderbilt.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The last few weeks have been hectic. I have had to do a lot of stuff with my conviction or whatever. I had to do a lot of stuff to fix that, pay the fine and stuff. Football-wise, it was not much of a change. I have done the stuff I normally do in practice except I did miss the Mississippi State game when I was suspended. I was practicing, but I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t play and I understood why,Ã¢â‚¬Â Roark said.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I have learned that it is not a good idea to do what I did and that we are held to a different standard than a lot people who are not athletes and when we make a mistake it will be magnified to a high degree. I have learned not to do anything like that again so I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t put my team or myself in that position again. It was just a stupid mistake on my part.Ã¢â‚¬Â
He wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t quite sure what to expect when he had to tell head coach Joker Phillips what happened.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I came straight here after it happened and talked to Joker. He said it was a stupid thing to do, but he was going to help me get through it and support me. I have had to do a lot of extra running. I thought I would lose my scholarship or something like that. I was probably lucky I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t,Ã¢â‚¬Â Roark said.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I feel good about what lies ahead. I keep progressing and progressing. I have not stepped back any because of that. I still think my future can be good. Our new receivers coach, Tee Martin, has really helped me out a lot. I have a good relationship with him and he has really helped me. I am not really sure what more I need to work on. I just have to get better and not make any more stupid mistakes. I have learned from what I did and it wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t happen again.Ã¢â‚¬Â