Former University of Hawaii football standout Colt Brennan has pleaded no contest to driving under the influence.
On Wednesday, he said he took responsibility in part because of his youngest fans.
“When I got in trouble, one of the people I felt I let down the most was the youth, and Hawaii, and my family as well,” Brennan said. “At the end I can take away the fact that my blood alcohol level was what it was. So, basically I kind of reaped what I sowed. And I just want to take it and move on and learn from it.”
The court ordered him to pay a $300 fine and get substance abuse counseling, which he’s already done.
“That was what I did right when I got in trouble. I went to a facility out in Kona on the Big Island, spent 45 days there, and allowed the medicine that the doctor gave me to let the medicine settle in. He said it would take 30 days,” Brennan said.
It was on Hawaii Island where Brennan almost lost his life in Nov. 2010, when the SUV he and his girlfriend were in slammed head-on into another vehicle. That crash may have contributed to Brennan’s condition.
“And you may try to be self-medicating, but it’s only keeping your brain not balanced basically,” Brennan said.
Brennan says he’s just kicking back right now, helping coach the Kahuku High School football team.
“Right now, it’s real simple just coach kids football and get back to loving the game. And then at the end of this season, try and make one more run,” Brennan said.
Brennan is planning to make one more run at pro football. But right now, he says the coaching is sort of like therapy.
“The funny thing is it’s more for me than it is for them. People say, ‘Aww it’s so great that you come out here.’ But for me it’s like I’m so glad to come out here,” Brennan said.
Brennan’s license was suspended for a year in August 2012.