ATHENS — Damon Evans once again offered an apology for his DUI arrest in a statement released Monday.
Evans submitted his resignation as Georgia’s athletics director Sunday after he was arrested June 30 on charges of DUI, illegal lane change and failure to submit to an alcohol test.
“I would like to once again offer my sincerest apology to the University of Georgia people of the president and administration, athletic staff and coaches, fans and supporters, and especially the student-athletes,” Evans said.
Evans and Georgia president Michael Adams agreed on a settlement worth a total of $237,500. Evans received a $100,000 longevity bonus and three months’ salary as severance.
“It had been my hope since taking the job in 2004 that I would have a long career at UGA,” Evans said. “But because of a serious mistake in judgment, that won’t be the case and I understand that I have a long road to rebuilding my reputation and career.”
Adams made the news of Evans’ resignation public Monday via a conference call with the Executive Committee of the Georgia Athletic Association Board of Directors. Adams, who did not take questions, read a statement in which he condemned Evans’ actions while also showing support for his former AD.
“As I said on Thursday morning when I first learned of the situation, this is not an example of the kind of leadership that I expect our senior administration to set,” Adams said. “I have high regard for Damon personally; I care deeply about him and his family.”
Evans, the first black AD in the SEC, signed a new contract in April extending through 2015 and worth nearly $3 million.
He will appear July 12 in Municipal Court to enter a plea for the three charges.
“I do want to thank all those who have supported me and the Athletic Association over the past six years and would encourage all those in our Association to remember that they are there for the student-athletes,” Evans said in the statement. “Keep them first and foremost in everything you do. God bless and go Dawgs.”