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Canty apologizes, withdraws from awards consideration

December 11, 1996 GMT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas State defensive back Chris Canty has issued an apology over his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and withdrawn from consideration for three awards.

``Please accept my sincere apology for the embarrassment I have caused Kansas State University, the people of Manhattan and the state of Kansas,″ the junior cornerback said in a statement released by the university Tuesday afternoon. ``My indiscretion has hurt a lot of people, including my teammates, coaches and family for which I am truly sorry.

``I greatly appreciate the opportunities that I have been afforded here at Kansas State and will certainly work very hard at presenting myself as a more positive role model in the future,″ Canty’s statement said.

Canty, 20, of Houston, was arrested early Monday by campus police, the day after the Wildcats learned they’d been picked to play Brigham Young in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1.

Police said Canty was stopped for speeding and having a burned-out taillight, and that he was arrested because he was wanted for failing to appear on a parking ticket.

Police said the arresting officer noticed the smell of alcohol and that a breath test showed Canty’s blood-alcohol content was above the .08 percent legal limit.

Canty, an All-America choice at cornerback as a sophomore, was one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award for the best defensive back in college football. The award is to be announced Thursday.

Earlier Tuesday he withdrew his name from consideration for that award and two others for which he was a finalist, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Maxwell Defensive Award.

Canty was a finalist for both the Thorpe and Nagurski awards last year as well.

Coach Bill Snyder has not commented on Canty’s status. At a news conference Monday in connection with the Cotton Bowl selection, Snyder said he had not talked to Canty and there was nothing he could say because he didn’t know anything about the incident.

When former Kansas State quarterback Chad May was involved in a DUI incident in 1994, he was not suspended from any games but had to forfeit some privileges, including his summer job as a football ambassador.