Cards' Haggans explains what led to arrest
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Clark Haggans (Getty)
Clark Haggans (Getty)

Posted Jun 22, 2012


Cardinals linebacker Clark Haggans issued a statement to clarify the circumstances surrounding his short jail term.

--Cardinals linebacker Clark Haggans issued a statement to clarify the circumstances surrounding his short jail term.

Haggans, 35, was incarcerated at Westmoreland County Prison in Greensburg, Pa., to serve a sentence for a traffic offense the veteran says occurred April 21 when he left a concert to tend to a family emergency involving his young daughter.

"I was at a concert with my wife when I got a call from our babysitter that our 5-year-old daughter was having trouble breathing," Haggans' statement reads. "She has been on medicine and inhalers since she was born because of her underdeveloped lungs. The sitter was panicked. I had been drinking and my wife was planning on driving home from the concert. But my wife was wandering around when I got the call, and I couldn't find her. I tried calling her within the concert, but had no luck getting a hold of her. I needed to get home to my daughter immediately."

Haggans said in the statement that his "only choice was to drive home."

"While driving home, I sped and ran a red light, so I was pulled over," the statement said. "I, along with the officers, proceeded to my house and administered the treatment and my daughter responded.

In spite of the circumstances, I was issued a citation for two moving violations and suspicion of driving under the influence."

Haggans said the agreement with the district attorney's office required a 48-hour jail sentence plus seven additional nights in jail as restitution for his "choices."

"In hindsight, I should have found another way home," he wrote, "and I take full responsibility for my actions."

Haggans signed a one-year deal to return to the Cardinals in the offseason. He played for the Steelers before signing with Arizona in free agency in 2008.

--Running back Ryan Williams took a step forward in his rehabilitation from a knee injury by participating in 11-on-11 periods in a recent minicamp practice. Williams missed his rookie season after suffering a ruptured patella tendon last preseason.

"It felt good," Williams said. "I'm just excited. It's the first time I actually ran full speed (since the injury). I reassured myself. I've got about three months before the season and I'll be good to go before September. I haven't run that fast since I got hurt."

--More than 15,000 fans attended the team's one open practice of OTAs and minicamp. The event is usually held at the team facility in Tempe on a Saturday, but the new CBA put a stop to that. So it was held Wednesday night at University of Phoenix Stadium. The size of the crowd pleasantly surprised team officials, who are still trying to sell season tickets.

--It appears the Cardinals will practice against the Chiefs in the preseason. The Cardinals play in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 5 and play the Chiefs in Kansas City on the 10th. Rather than return to Arizona, the Cardinals would like to work with the Chiefs in their camp at St. Joseph, Mo. Logistics are still being worked out but it appears this will happen.

--Coach Ken Whisenhunt and his staff think most of the team's offensive problems will be solved with competent quarterbacking. But he knows fans are tired of hearing that the unit is close to breaking through.

"But I can sit here all day and tell you what I see on tape and people are going to say, 'Well, the numbers don't back that up,'" Whisenhunt said. "And that's right, they don't. We have guys open and we have a breakdown in protection. How can you say you're close when that happens? I feel like we're on the right track and our guys are working.

"And what's more important: do they believe we're on the right track? And I see that. Where I really saw it, was in those overtime games and the end of games last year. They really believed we could do it."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Are you the same Vonnie Holliday I grew up watching?" -- WR Michael Floyd, 22, to DE Vonnie Holliday, 36, when Holliday re-signed with the team.



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