- Posted: 12:59 PM, June 12, 2012
“Just like anything in my life good, bad or indifferent I’m always an accountable person, a man who stands up when things are tough and this is no different,’’ Diehl said, standing in front of his locker on the first day of the Giants mini-camp. “I’m going to make sure I learn from this, it’s a mistake I guarantee will never, ever happen again. I’m going to make sure I help people never make the same decision I made. I’m going to become a stronger person because of it.
“I know people are going to judge me and they’re going to say what they want to say about me but the true people that have been around me, the people that know me, the people in this locker room, the people I do charity work with week in and week out, they know who I am as a character and a person. Throughout the 10 years this is the one time people are going to try to bring me down and say things about me and that’s fine. I’m never going to make an excuse for anything. I’ve never made excuses for anything in my life.’’
Law-enforcement sources contacted by The Post said that Diehl on Sunday night crashed his black BMW into two vehicles on 35th Avenue near 31st Street in Astoria after drinking at a nearby bar where he was watching Croatia beat Ireland in a European Championship soccer match. Cops said Diehl’s blood-alcohol content was .18 percent, which is more than twice the legal limit. He was arrested and his next court date is July 26, the day the Giants are to report to training camp in Albany.
Diehl faces a fine but not a suspension for his actions.
“I was shocked when I heard it but then I wanted to make sure he was ok,’’ said guard Chris Snee, Diehl’s linemate for nine years. “He’s been a great teammate, a great friend and he’s been a class act for this organization and will continue to be so. People make mistakes. He’s not going to back down from anything. He’s been great for this organization, for the o-line kind of like the spokesperson as long as I’ve been here. He’ll continue to be that guy.’’
Giants coach Tom Coughlin described Diehl as “very remorseful’’ as he offered his support.
“He's a very proud young man as you know,’’ Coughlin said. “He's very sorry for what happened. He's been an exemplary citizen for this organization. I think he understands it completely. He recognizes and he's going to be a very, very good spokesperson for trying to help young people understand that his mistake can be avoided in whatever way possible. David will take care of that part of it. He’s a guy who we’ve always been able to count on and he’ll learn from this."
Diehl said the support from his teammates was welcome at such a difficult time.
“It means a lot to me to have the support of everybody, these are the people who have backed me to the fullest because they know what type of person I am,’’ Diehl said. “To have their support means everything.
“This is the first time in 10 years I’ve had to sit here and talk about an incident and a standard I set for myself and a standard the New York Giants have as an organization, that I have to sit here and go through this. It’s been awful and this is unlike anything else I’ve ever experienced in my life. I can sit here and say whatever but most important it’s my actions from here on out. I’m a positive role model, I’m going to continue to be one. I think people are going to see the way I handle myself and the way I carry myself that I’m going to show the people that are behind me, they’re not wrong.’’
Diehl would not comment on any specifics of the incident, saying “There’s not many things I can answer because it’s still a legal process. I can stand here, I’m an accountable person, I take responsibility for my actions.
“I’ve worked extremely hard throughout my career to be the guy people look up to, be a guy that’s a role model, be a guy – I do more off the field and for charities than I think anybody in this locker room. I’m going to make sure people see that side of me.’’