Former Notre Dame S Max Redfield makes first public statement since arrest

IRISH STEW

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Last month, senior free safety Max Redfield was dismissed from the Notre Dame football team after being arrested and charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and carrying a handgun without a license on Aug. 19.

Redfield made his first public comment on Instagram Sunday morning, hours before the Irish play their 2016 season opener at Texas.

The Mission Viejo, Calif., native made 144 tackles in 23 career starts and would likely have been Notre Dame's starter at free safety on Sunday night.

Here's what Redfield had to say.

"The love I have for my brothers has never wavered and will never waver regardless of the poor decisions I have made and will make. No desire or want is ever worth possibly sacrificing the incredible opportunities at Notre Dame on and off the field, in and outside the classroom. I will continue to learn from my mistakes and vow to never be defined by the few mistakes I have made in my life. Being separated and alienated from my teammates, coaches, fans and more is a burden I am ready to bear although it hurts profoundly every second I think about it or it is brought to my attention. I'm confident in the dealing with my proceedings at the university as well as the legal issues I have brought upon myself and cannot wait to pursue relentlessly what the future hold for me, because that's the type of person I am...and the love that fuels me internally will match my perception externally one day and until then I will continue to reflect, learn, and grow to uplift myself and everyone else experiencing this thing called life...sending my spirit, my passion, my energy, and most importantly my love to my former team. Go Irish Beat Texas."

The love I have for my brothers has never wavered and will never waver regardless of the poor decisions I have made and will make. No desire or want is ever worth possibly sacrificing the incredible opportunities at Notre Dame on and off the field, in and outside the classroom. I will continue to learn from my mistakes and vow to never be defined by the few mistakes I have made in my life. Being separated and alienated from my teammates, coaches, fans and more is a burden I am ready to bear although it hurts profoundly every second I think about it or it is brought to my attention. I'm confident in the dealing with my proceedings at the university as well as the legal issues I have brought upon myself and cannot wait to pursue relentlessly what the future hold for me, because that's the type of person I am...and the love that fuels me internally will match my perception externally one day and until then I will continue to reflect, learn, and grow to uplift myself and everyone else experiencing this thing called life...sending my spirit, my passion, my energy, and most importantly my love to my former team. Go Irish Beat Texas.

A photo posted by Floyd(Max) Redfield (@maximus.10) on Sep 4, 2016 at 8:08am PDT

Max Redfield walks into the Fulton County Courthouse, Tuesday, August 30, 2016 in Rochester. Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ