‘I’m a better person than that,’ says Ex-Gator Dante Fowler

This is a May 26, 2017 file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. heads to the field before an NFL football practice in Jacksonville. [AP Photo/John Raoux, File] JACKSONVILLE – Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. called his latest arrest “just a bump in the road,” insisting he’s mature and vowing to prove he’s a role model.

Speaking publicly for the first time since being arrested in his hometown of St. Petersburg last week, the former Florida Gator apologized Wednesday to the organization and the city for his actions that led to misdemeanor charges of simple battery and mischief.

“I just want to let people know and everybody know that’s not me as a person,” Fowler said as the Jaguars reported for training camp. “I’m a better person than that, and it won’t happen again.”

The 22-year-old Fowler was arrested July 18 by St. Petersburg Police and later released on a $650 bond.

According to the arrest report, a man walking in an apartment complex made a comment about his driving. Fowler got out of his car, exchanged words with the man, then “hit the man, knocked his glasses off and stepped on them,” according to the report. Fowler then “took the victim’s grocery bag, with recently purchased liquor, and threw it in a lake,” the report said. The victim was not injured.

“At the end of the day, it could have went down a totally different way,” Fowler said. “I could have took the right approach. I took the wrong approach, and I realize that I’m wrong for that. Like I said, it won’t happen again.”

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said any discipline for Fowler will remain private.

“Any time something like that happens, no matter who it is, you’re disappointed from an organizational standpoint and obviously I think individually,” Marrone said.

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