Two months after being busted for multiple drug charges that ultimately lead to his dismissal from the team, Iowa receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos has publicly apologized for his actions.
In an interview with Cedar Rapids’ KGAN-TV, Koulianos expressed his remorse for the negativity he brought on the program, and although he hasn’t spoken to Kirk Ferentz, would relay his regret to him if given the chance.
“I would tell coach, first and foremost, I’m deeply sorry for what I did to the university in December, the negative attention,” Johnson-Koulianos said in the interview. “And, after finishing a conversation about those issues, I would go back and explain to him, for so long, I wanted to be the player, in the locker room and on the field, that he wanted me to be.”
Koulianos hasn’t been allowed to use the Hawkeyes’ facilities in his preparation for the NFL Draft. He has also hasn’t spoken to Ferentz since the incident. As Koulianos explained, the relationship between him and his coach has been a rocky one.
“Towards the end of our season and throughout my career, it was kind of a rocky road for us. And I think (the December legal issue) was the final straw for him.”
It’s very easy to be critical of Koulianos and the mistakes he’s made. Any drug bust is serious, but Koulianos was caught with possession of marijuana, cocaine and prescription drugs stored in a drug house — far more serious than being busted for a few ounces of pot. His relationship with his coach also indicates that this was more than just a kid who made a bad decision.
With that said, the best life lesson for Koulianos isn’t to dwell on what he should have done, but understand the consequences of his actions and do everything in his power to make some serious lifestyle changes moving forward. If Koulianos wants Ferentz — and NFL scouts — to believe his story, he’s going to have to prove it the hard way.