Wales center Gavin Henson has apologized for his behavior after an incident on a flight back from a Cardiff Blues rugby union match at Glasgow Warriors led to his suspension by the club on Saturday.
“I would like to publicly apologize for drinking on that flight which is inappropriate behavior,” he said in a statement on the team’s Web site on Sunday.
“I know that I have let my team mates, coaches, management, sponsors and indeed my family down with my actions,” he said. “Drinking on that plane was inexcusable and I know that I must take responsibility for it.”
Cardiff, who lost the Celtic League match 31-3 to Glasgow on Friday, said their management team was scheduled to meet yesterday morning to discuss the matter further.
Henson, who missed last year’s World Cup with a wrist injury and played no part in this year’s Six Nations, joined the Blues in October last year after being released by French club Toulon.
He was interested in signing a new deal with the French Top 14 team, but was suspended in April last year after unconfirmed media reports that he had a fight with a teammate.
After the flight incident, the 30-year-old said he needed to learn from it and make sure it never happened again.
“I admit I had been out drinking in Glasgow on the Friday night following our game against Glasgow Warriors and had stupidly carried on drinking on the flight for which I am truly embarrassed,” Henson said.
“I can see that drinking and behaving inappropriately on that flight as a professional sportsman at 7am has caused offence to members of the public, the airline staff and passengers,” he added. “I remain fully focused and committed to Cardiff Blues, and I hope they can accept my apology.”