A GRIP ON SPORTS
Yes, it's a special edition of "A Grip on Sports." It's here because I've had some contact with former Washington State point guard Reggie Moore and he wanted me to pass something along. Read on.
• This is a bit different for me, but as I got to know Moore pretty well in the more than two years I covered his WSU career, I think he felt comfortable passing a statement along to me. He wanted Cougar fans to know how he feels about his dismissal from the Washington State program. Here is what he has to say:
"I want to sincerely apologize to Washington State University, all the fans that support Wazzu, and all the great people that I’ve met during my time in Pullman. It was a rewarding experience that I’ll always be grateful for.
"I made a costly mistake and I understand that I have to face the consequences for my actions. I’m disappointed in myself for not making the right decisions that ultimately not only affects me, but my teammates and everyone I was close to at WSU.
"It’s unfortunate that it had to come to this for me, but I have learned from this experience, and I believe it has already made me a better person. I’m still excited about the future, and the new challenges and opportunities that await me as a student athlete.
"Thank you for all the support, well wishes, and offers of encouragement that I’ve received. The love that I've received from fans, my former teammates and also friends at WSU has been overwhelming and extremely humbling. It’s now up to me to accept responsibility, learn from this life lesson, and move forward in a positive way.
• There you have it. Take it for what you will. I'm sure Moore wants to keep his basketball career going in some form, though he has no concrete plans just yet. But since his dismissal from WSU's basketball team, we haven't heard much from Moore, who still feels he can't talk about the mistakes he made. However, he did want to own up them and, as the statement shows, apologize.