Henson apologises for plane incident
April 1, 2012
Gavin Henson has apologised for his actions © Getty Images
Gavin Henson has apologised for his "inappropriate behaviour" on a flight from Glasgow to Cardiff following the Blues' RaboDirect PRO12 defeat to the Warriors on Friday night.
The 30-year-old centre was suspended by the region on Saturday following the incident, with the management team set to discuss the matter further at a meeting on Monday.
"I would like to publicly apologise for drinking on that flight, which is inappropriate behaviour," Henson said. "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 about.
"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 Flybe Airline staff and passengers. I know that I have let my team mates, coaches, management, sponsors and indeed my family down with my actions. Drinking on that plane was inexcusable and I know that I must take responsibility for it."
Henson is currently near the end of an eight-month contract with the Blues, having signed in October after unhappy spells with Saracens and Toulon, where he was also disciplined after an altercation with team-mates.
The Blues face Leinster in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals next weekend, with Henson initially slated to play a part after a knee injury to Wales centre Jamie Roberts.
"I also accept that in the light of this I need to learn from it and ensure this does not happen again," he continued. "I am prepared to co-operate 100% with the Cardiff Blues' wishes and will do everything that I need to do in order to make amends ad enable the Blues to focus on our biggest game of the season next weekend. I remain fully focused and committed to Cardiff Blues and I hope they can accept my apology."
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