Saint Louis alumnus and Washington State quarterback Jayden de Laura was found not guilty of a DUI charge.
De Laura was arrested in February on suspicion of a DUI. He was also suspended from the Washington State football team through the duration of their spring practice.
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Through his lawyer William Kirk, de Laura released the following statement to Hawaii media:
“I am very grateful for today’s verdict which found me not guilty of DUI. I want to thank all those who supported me throughout this very difficult time, from my teammates, coaches, attorneys and especially my family. While I do feel mildly vindicated by today’s verdict, I recognize that I made some poor choices on the night in question. I, and I alone am responsible for those choices. I also recognize that I have let a lot of people down here at WSU and also understand the tremendous trust and responsibility that that has been placed upon me. I will never take that for granted and I will work each and everyday moving forward to earn back the trust from the entire Cougar Nation so I can flourish here at Washington State University both academically and athletically.
“I want to also thank the Pullman Police Department, the Pullman Prosecuting Attorney and the Judge. I was treated fairly throughout this entire process. The officer that night showed tremendous respect and professionalism and I will forever be grateful for how he treated me. I will not be making any further comments about this incident, all questions related to this case may be directed to my attorney. Now I just want to get back to being a student athlete here at WSU and work my hardest so that we have a successful 2021 season. Thank you to the entire Cougar nation for your support, I promise I will do better in the future.”
The Cougars open up their 2021 season on Sept. 4 against Utah State at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash.