Following his arrest on DUI charges, former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Louis Lipps was not able to attend the team’s Hall of Honor ceremony on the November 13-14 weekend.
Lipps, who was set to be inducted during the November 14 game at Heinz Field versus Detroit, said he didn’t want to be a “distraction.”
After his vehicle collided with a trailer in Mount Washington, a neighborhood across the Monongahela River from downtown Pittsburgh, the 59-year-old Lipps was detained and charged with driving under the influence on Saturday night.
Authorities say Lipps had blood alcohol level.235, over three times the legal limit, which is the reason behind the incident that took place recently. Former Steelers Jon Kolb, Carnell Lake, and the late Tunch Ilkin will also be honored during the event, which Lipps had planned to attend.
In a statement made by the team, Lipps remarked, “While I am flattered, humbled, and honored to be included for recognition along with the other former players who are also deserving of this special weekend, I do not want to be a distraction.”
Lipps has shown that he is willing to take full responsibility for his actions and his arrest on DUI charges, and the statement also included him saying, “I am committed to working through the consequences of what transpired and will continue to be an active part of this community and the Steelers’ alumni.”
Steelers president Art Rooney II said the team has shown appreciation towards Lipps’ “willingness to take responsibility for what transpired last weekend, and his decision not to attend the ceremonies this weekend.”
After being drafted with the 23rd overall choice in the 1984 draught, Lipps spent eight of his nine NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Lipps was a Pro Bowl selection in each of his first two seasons, finishing with 359 grabs for 6,019 yards and 39 touchdowns.
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