Mark Dayton made waves on Wednesday with some ill-considered remarks comparing the plight of arrested NFL players with that of war veterans struggling to adjust to civilian life after the horrors of combat. On Thursday Dayton brought the story full-circle by issuing a standard apology. It reads:
In a recent interview, I was asked why so many professional football players had difficulties off the field. I made a poor analogy, by saying that the psychological adjustments they have to make from their contests to normal society were not unlike the difficulties experienced by returning veterans.
Some of the psychological dynamics may be similar; however, I, in no way, meant to compare their challenges with the traumas and hardships experienced by the heroes who fought in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. While I am a football fan, I reserve my highest respect and admiration for those courageous Americans in uniform, who risk their lives to keep us safe and to make the world more free.
I regret my mistake, and I apologize for it.
Outside of the silliness of comparing playing football to being a combat soldier, Dayton’s whole statement on the causes behind the recent spate of NFL player arrests is lousy with muddled reasoning. Players get in trouble because they have too much time on their hands and they’re sort of messed up in the head from playing football to being with? Why not just blame it on aliens. At least then Dennis Kucinich would be in your corner.