Beavers announcer Parker apologizes for drunken YouTube video

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by Michael Rollins, KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on May 12, 2011 at 8:04 AM

CORVALLIS -- Mike Parker, the announcer for Oregon State University athletic events, apologized Tuesday for a YouTube video which shows him drunk, literally eating a napkin in the early morning hours at a Los Angeles area Denny's restaurant.

The incident itself took place months ago on an Oregon State road trip. The video was shot without his knowledge and posted on the website.

"The wrongdoing feels deep within the heart, whether there was anything illegal or not, I'm deeply ashamed for putting myself in a position," Parker said. "To be in that kind of state, and so obviously terribly impaired from the alcohol that I could not be aware of what I was doing, is very frightening. It's embarrassing, it's shameful, it's humiliating."

More: Listen to Mike Parker's apology

"I'm sure I presented a comical, I know pathetic, spectacle from my perspective. From them comical. And they're out having a good time," Parker later said. "I bear them no ill will at all and in fact in the long run they may have done me the greatest favor of all and they didnt even know it."

Parker is not an employee of Oregon State. He is a private contractor. Still, the school issued a prepared statement about the incident.

"Oregon State Athletics and its multimedia rights holder, Beaver Sports Properties, were made aware of the Internet video featuring broadcaster Mike Parker in recent weeks and immediately started conversations with him to learn exactly what had taken place. The video was placed on YouTube without his knowledge or consent, and he is very apologetic and wants nothing more than to continue calling games for the Beavers.

"Clearly, both parties are concerned for Mike, yet pleased that he's already seeking treatment and working diligently to get better. Beaver Sports Properties and OSU Athletics honor his service and commitment to the University, and they pledge to work closely with Mike to monitor his treatment while he continues to represent the Beavers in a professional and quality manner."


"Well, I saw it one time and was mortified, embarassed, humiliated and continue to be knowing so many people are seeing it, laughing about it, commenting about it," Parker said. "But more than anything else I'm just sorry I was in that state of being to have kids think that the fact that I presented such a pathetic spectacle is what I feel most embarassed about."

"I've been to enough ... AA meetings and enough programs to know and heard the talk about hitting  bottom andsome times for certain people its unfortunate  you have to hit bottom to begin to finally  realize the depth of your problem. And I would dare say that I've, Ive hit bottom. It doesnt feel good. I'mm embarassed about it but its also on another level -- I mean it deep from heart to say if this is the thing that  fully captures me and gets my full devotion and attention to a program to achieve health and sobriety then I am greatful for it."

"I love Oregon State University and the Beavers, I'm just sorry and ashamed I would put any of that ... and jeapordize any of those relationships."

"I'm sure I presented a comical--I know pathetic spectacle from my perspective. From them comical. And they're out having a good time I bear them no ill will at all and in fact in the long run they may have done me the greatest favor of all and they didnt even know it."

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