University of Georgia athletic director Damon Evans is not resigning, following his arrest for drunk driving. In a Thursday evening news conference, Evans apologized profusely for letting everyone down with his behavior. He said he wants to stay at UGA and believes he can become a stronger leader by learning from his mistake. Evans said UGA president Michael Adams is being supportive but cautious.
“I believe that Dr. Adams wants to work through that with me, but at the same time, I think it depends on how things play out. If I bring too much shame or embarrassment to this institution, no telling what may happen.”
In a written statement, Adams said that he will reserve further action, pending a full review by staff and legal counsel. Evans was pulled over by the Georgia State Patrol Wednesday night in Atlanta. He was charged with DUI and failure to maintain a lane. Evans refused to take the breathalyzer test, which means an automatic license suspension if he does not win an appeal. Evans was released from the Atlanta City Jail early Thursday morning. A passenger in his car was also taken to jail. 28-year-old Courtney Fuhrmann of Atlanta was charged with disorderly conduct. In his news conference, the 40-year-od Evans said that Fuhrmann was just a friend and had no relationship with the UGA Athletic Association. University of Georgia President Michael F. Adams will hold a press conference Tuesday.