Vikings lineman Oli Udoh on his weekend arrest: ‘The truth will come out’
Udoh was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest following an alleged altercation in the early-morning hours of Sunday at a 24-hour nightclub in south Florida.
EAGAN, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Oli Udoh talked to reporters on Wednesday at TCO Performance Center in Eagan, the first time he has spoken publicly since his arrest in South Florida over the weekend.
“The truth will come out,” he said. “Once the truth comes up, I feel I’ll be alright.”
This statement comes after Udoh, 25, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest following an alleged altercation in the early-morning hours of Sunday at a 24-hour nightclub.
According to a Miami-Dade County police report, Udoh was talking to a woman in line for the restroom and tried to follow her inside. He had to be forcibly removed from the restroom, according to the report, and was taken into custody before being transported to Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center
Asked how he felt when police intervened at the nightclub, Udoh replied, “I was pretty shook by it.” He added that he spoke with coach Kevin O’Connell on Sunday and expects to be a part of the team moving forward.
“It’s unfortunate that the team has to see this,” Udoh said. “Once the truth comes up, I’m confident my role will be the exact same as it was.”
In a statement released Wednesday, attorney Brian Bieber, who is representing Udoh, disputed the account that led to his client’s arrest.
“Oli never followed a woman into the restroom and never prevented a woman from going anywhere,” the statement read. “I have personally verified that any allegation to the contrary is 100 percent false. In fact, the woman approached Oli that night and they had a cordial conversation which ended in their exchanging phone numbers. She has since reached out to us and has confirmed the allegations are completely false. Oli committed no crime whatsoever under Florida law, and we look forward to a speedy resolution of this case.”
As for O’Connell, while he said he wants to “respect the legal process” when it comes to the situation, he gave some insight into his conversation with Udoh over the weekend.
“He’s been very honest and open, not only about the situation, but some disappointment for forcing us to get that phone call,” O’Connell said. “I know Oli released a statement with his attorney today, and we’ll continue to let that play out. But I have a lot of confidence in Oli, the person, the human, the teammate that he is in this building, that things will positively play out for Oli.”
It’s worth noting that Udoh did practice with his teammates on Wednesday. He concluded his interview with reporters by saying, “Just ready to get back to work and put this in the past.”
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