ZAC GUILDFORD has apologised for his drunken, naked and aggressive behaviour in Rarotonga, saying he is “hugely embarrassed” and has “no clear recollection” of what happened.
He also admits that he needs to “sort himself out” and will seek help for his drinking problem when he returns home following the incident at Trader Jacks bar.
“Firstly, I would like to apologise for my behaviour here in Rarotonga on Thursday night. I have no clear recollection of the events of that night, but there is no doubt that my behaviour was unacceptable and I am hugely embarrassed by what happened,” he said in a statement.
“I want to apologise to the people who I was involved with and offended that night, the patrons and staff who witnessed my behaviour, and the Cook Island people. I am truly sorry for what I did.
“I also want to apologise to my family for the embarrassment my actions have caused.
“I don’t want any sympathy for the situation I have ended up in, but I am thankful for the support I have received so far from so many people. It’s obvious that I need help and I want to get home and to get that help as soon as I can. I need to sort myself out.”
According to reports, Guildford barged into Trader Jacks bar without clothes, saturated and bleeding heavily at around 10pm. It was unclear how he sustained the injuries.
He punched several patrons, before climbing on stage to apologise then running off with five women who were waiting outside.
Guildford previously apologised for his "excessive drinking" in September and narrowly escaped a playing ban at the World Cup after an alcohol-related incident in Brisbane in August in the wake of New Zealand's Tri Nations defeat by Australia
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