Arkansas Razorbacks athletic director Jeff Long held a press conference Thursday night regarding the latest* revelations in the Bobby Petrino motorcycle wreck caper. But before Long took the podium, the school shared a statement from Petrino, in which he apologized to his wife, bosses, the school and the entire state for withholding information. He admitted the State Police was report was accurate, and admitted a "previous inappropriate relationship."
The state police report provides an accurate description of my accident, which includes details that had not publicly come to light prior to the report being issued. I regret that I have not publicly acknowledged a passenger on the vehicle. I have been in constant pain, medicated and the circumstances involving the wreck have come out in bits and pieces. That said I certainly had a concern about Jessica Dorrell's name being revealed. In my press conference, I referred to her simply as "a lady." My concern was to protect my family and a previous inappropriate relationship from becoming public. In hindsight, I showed a serious mistake in judgment when I chose not to be more specific about those details. Today, I've acknowledged this previous inappropriate relationship with my family and those within the athletic department administration.
I apologize to my wife, Becky, and our four children, Chancellor (David) Gearhart, Jeff Long, the Board of Trustees, University administration, my coaching staff, student-athletes and the entire state of Arkansas. I have been humbled by the outpouring of concern and get well wishes. I apologize to the Razorback Nation for the attention my actions have brought to the University of Arkansas and our program. I will fully cooperate with the University throughout this process and my hope is to repair my relationships with my family, my Athletic Direction, the Razorback Nation and remain the head coach of the Razorbacks.
* The latest, in case you're just now joining us, is that Petrino had a 25-year-old athletic department employee named Jessica Dorrell on his bike. The school had sent out a statement on Monday explicitly stating Petrino was alone during the wreck.