Denver Nuggets All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony said yesterday that he was "truly sorry" for his arrest on DUI charges, and police denied giving him special treatment, even though one officer gave him a lift after his arrest and another drove his car to a city lot.
"I'm here to man up to my mistake, just to let you know that I'm truly sorry for what happened and everything that's going on," the Baltimore native said at Pepsi Center in Denver.He spoke for about two minutes and left without taking questions.
Teammate Allen Iverson stood off to the side as Anthony spoke.
Anthony acknowledged the arrest came at a bad time, hours before the Nuggets clinched their fifth consecutive postseason appearance when the Golden State Warriors lost Monday night.
Anthony (Towson Catholic) was alone in his silver Mercedes when an officer pulled him over on Interstate 25 early Monday for weaving and failing to dim his lights, police said.
Detective Sharon Hahn said Anthony was arrested after he failed a series of sobriety tests and was taken to police headquarters and booked.
Hahn said a police sergeant then drove Anthony to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Denver. Hahn said it's her understanding that Anthony's fiancee LaLa Vazquez couldn't pick him up because of child-care issues.