Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Kemah Siverand, who was waived earlier this month after he was caught trying to sneak a woman into the team’s hotel, has issued a public apology for what he called an “inexcusable” mistake.
“After taking time to reflect and really consider the seriousness of my actions, I have tried to find the appropriate words to apologize to all of those affected by my poor decision and immaturity,” Siverand’s apology read. “I’ve privately apologized to Coach [Pete] Carroll, [general manager] John Schneider, and the Seahawks organization. I violated team rules, which would have been unacceptable in normal times, but absolutely inexcusable now during a pandemic. I understand my lapse in judgement put my teammates and the organization at risk, thankfully no one else was affected by my actions.”
Siverand, an undrafted rookie out of Oklahoma State, posted the apology to Twitter and, according to a source, sent a handwritten letter to the Seahawks. It marked his first public comments since the incident early in training camp. A source confirmed to ESPN that the woman Siverand was trying to sneak into the team hotel was seen on camera wearing Seahawks gear in an attempt to disguise herself as a player.
Carroll’s No. 1 rule is to “always protect the team.”
The Seahawks waived Siverand on Aug. 11.
“I want everyone to know that I am truly sorry, hold myself accountable, and am ready to move forward,” Siverand wrote. “I want to make sure this one mistake will not define me, and I will continue training harder than ever to continue pursuing my dreams of playing in the National Football League.”
Siverand also wrote in his tweet: “I made a mistake, let people down, and am truly sorry. Thank you to everyone that reached out to offer support.”
Siverand received a $2,000 signing bonus from Seattle. That was tied for the third-smallest bonus among the Seahawks’ 17 undrafted free agents.