- Associated Press - Friday, June 8, 2012

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Lions lineman Nick Fairley publicly apologized Friday for his recent arrests in Alabama, saying his actions were inexcusable and did not meet the standards expected of a pro athlete.

Fairley, a 2011 first-round draft pick from Auburn, is one of three Lions with offseason problems with law enforcement. He was arrested in Mobile County, Ala., on May 27 after a state trooper said he was traveling at 100 mph in his Cadillac Escalade. He was cited for reckless driving, no proof of insurance and open container.

Fairley also was arrested April 3 in Mobile, Ala., for possessing marijuana.

“I want to personally apologize to my fans, teammates and the Detroit Lions organization for bringing this unwanted attention to our team,” Fairley said on Facebook. “I recognize my actions were inexcusable and I personally need to uphold the expected standard of behavior of a professional athlete. I do not take for granted this opportunity and feel blessed every day to play in the NFL.”

He said he’s cooperating with authorities and refocusing on football.

Two other Lions, Mikel Leshoure and Johnny Culbreath, have been caught with marijuana. They, too, were 2011 draft picks.