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Statement from Governor Mark Dayton

July 19, 2012
Saint Paul – Governor Dayton released the following statement today:

“In a recent interview, I was asked why so many professional football players had difficulties off the field.  I made a poor analogy, by saying that the psychological adjustments they have to make from their contests to normal society were not unlike the difficulties experienced by returning veterans.

“Some of the psychological dynamics may be similar; however, I, in no way, meant to compare their challenges with the traumas and hardships experienced by the heroes who fought in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.  While I am a football fan, I reserve my highest respect and admiration for those courageous Americans in uniform, who risk their lives to keep us safe and to make the world more free.

“I regret my mistake, and I apologize for it.”