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Seferian-Jenkins: ‘I take full responsibility for my actions’

Demetrius Jackson, Austin Seferian-Jenkins AP

Cited on suspicion of driving under the influence following a one-car accident over the weekend, Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has offered up a mea culpa for the negative headlines he’s brought to the football program.

In a statement released through the university, the all-conference player apologized for the incident Saturday night that reportedly sent him to the hospital and left him with legal issues that will need to be dealt with further down the road.  Here’s the statement, in its entirety:

Coach Sarkisian holds our team to high standards on and off the field, and I fell short of those standards this weekend. I apologize for letting down my family, my team and the entire University of Washington community. I will take full responsibility for my actions and work to use this as a learning experience.

As was the case when the school released its statement Sunday afternoon, neither the player nor any athletic department official will comment further on the situation.

The accident is still under investigation by the Seattle Police Department.  No charges have been filed against Seferian-Jenkins, although that’s expected to change once the probe is complete.

It’s unclear what type of punishment, including missed game time, Seferian-Jenkins will ultimately face.  Head coach Steve Sarkisian said in his statement that any punishment will be meted out internally.

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