According to Newport Police, Matthew Schmitz, 33, faces charges of alcohol intoxication in a public place, possession of marijuana and resisting arrest. (Photo: www.newportwildcats.org/Athletics/Director)
Matthew Schmitz (Provided by the Campbell County jail)
NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) -
The Newport High School football coach and athletic director who is suspended after his weekend arrest apologized Monday.
"I want to take this opportunity to apologize to my wife, my children, my players, our students, the school administration, and the Newport community for the poor judgment I exercised on Friday," Matthew Schmitz, 33, said in a statement. "I am embarrassed about my actions and I realize I will face the consequences for those actions.
Schmitz was charged early Friday with alcohol intoxication in a public place, possession of marijuana and resisting arrest, Newport police said.
Schmitz was passed out in his car with the motor running when an officer spotted him around 1:50 a.m. in the Newport Radio Shack parking lot, according to a police citation.
The arresting officer reported a strong smell of alcohol and marijuana emanating from inside the car. Schmitz ignored the officer's multiple orders to exit the car and refused to put his hands behind his back.
A marijuana cigarette was found in the center console of the car, documents state.
Schmitz made a brief court appearance and was released on his own recognizance just before noon on Friday.
He is scheduled to appear in a Campbell County courtroom for a May 26 pretrial, court records show.
"After learning of the arrest, Matthew Schmitz was immediately suspended from his job and relieved and of coaching, teaching and administrative duties," reads a statement from Newport Independent Superintendent Kelly Middleton. "Further disciplinary action will be determined at the conclusion of legal proceedings against him."
Full statement from Schmitz:
"I want to take this opportunity to apologize to my wife, my children, my players, our students, the school administration, and the Newport community for the poor judgment I exercised on Friday. I am embarrassed about my actions and I realize I will face the consequences for those actions.
I also recognize that, as a coach and school administrator, I am expected to lead by example and that I failed miserably in fulfilling that obligation. I am making no excuses for my actions. What I did was wrong, especially for someone in my position.
I promise to make better choices in the future and take all steps necessary to ensure that this type of behavior will never happen again.”
Schmitz's attorney John Hayden spoke with Fox19 NOW and said Schmitz does not want this to be the end for him.
“He would like an opportunity at redemption at some point, whether that be here at Newport or somewhere else.”
Hayden also said Schmitz wants the community to learn from his situation.
“He wants to be a lesson for them,” said Hayden. “Sometimes you make bad decisions and you pay for those and he has. He lost his job over this."