Cowboys' McCann: 'I was not intoxicated'

Bryan McCann

Credit: AP Photo/Tim Sharp

Redskins linebacker H.B. Blades tackles Cowboys cornerback Bryan McCann after an 38-yard kickoff-return in a game last December.



Posted on March 21, 2011 at 9:20 AM

DALLAS — A Dallas Cowboys player who was arrested early Saturday for public intoxication says he was not drunk.

News 8 first broke the story of Bryan McCann's arrest on Saturday evening.

McCann spent eight hours at a Dallas detox center following his arrest.

But in a written statement released Sunday, McCann denied being intoxicated and said he didn't pose a danger to himself or others.

McCann said his good name and reputation mean everything to him.

"I am innocent," he said in his statement. "I look forward to vigorously defending myself in a court of law."

As a rookie cornerback for the Cowboys this past season, McCann scored on a team record 101-yard interception return for a touchdown.

McCann attended SMU prior to his NFL career.

Here is the text of Bryan McCann's statement:

To my family, friends, coaches, teammates, and all Dallas Cowboy & SMU fans,

My good name and reputation mean everything to me. I have never been arrested before and take pride in conducting myself at all times in a responsible and respectful manner off the football field. I was not intoxicated and did not pose a danger to myself or others. I am very grateful that, due to the Constitution and Americans’ strong and enduring belief in due process, I am presumed innocent of this public intoxication charge because I am innocent. I look forward to vigorously defending myself in a court of law. I thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely, Bryan McCann