STATEMENT FROM JAMAR SMITH:
“I take full responsibility for what occurred on the night of February 12, and I am deeply remorseful for everything that happened. I sincerely apologize for my actions, and for the negative light that I have brought to my family, friends, the University and the basketball program. What I did not only put myself in harms way, but I also put a teammate and anyone else that was on the road that night in danger. I have thought long and hard about the poor choices I made that night. I can't go back in time and make it go away, but I can do something about it from this point on, and that is why I will do everything in my power to make sure that nothing like this happens again.
Since the accident I have become a better person, friend and teammate. My goals are to obtain my college degree, speak to teens and schools all over Champaign-Urbana and Peoria about my experience so they can learn from my mistake, and be an advocate for student-athletes against drunk driving.”
STATEMENT FROM ILLINOIS HEAD COACH BRUCE WEBER:
“I just learned of Jamar’s plea bargain. We will need time to examine the facts and work with Ron Guenther and the University administration to bring closure to this situation. I will have no further comment to make regarding this situation at this time.”
In addition to Coach Weber, there will be no further comment from any member of the DIA regarding this matter at this time.
Story provided by the U of I SID office.