Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson addressed his speeding citation for the first time since news of the incident broke Friday.
According to a report from Tampa Bay WeatherRichardson faces arraignment next month after being clocked at 105 miles per hour at 4:11 a.m. ET on April 4. He now faces a mandatory hearing due to traveling more than 30 mph over the speed limit.
Richardson, from Gainesville, Florida, has never received a speeding ticket, but said this month’s incident was a lesson learned.
“I know I’m not perfect, but it was a mistake,” Richardson said, according to Gators Online’s Nick de la Torre. “I was speeding. My mum always tells me to drive carefully because not only can I hurt myself, but I can hurt other people. I shouldn’t have done that and I can definitely say that I learned the lesson.
The Florida quarterback told Gators Online he spoke about the incident with his teammates on Friday. He vowed to “run his business” and “do everything right from now on” in order to beat the quote.
News of Richardson’s speeding incident emerged after he dazzled in Florida’s spring game on Thursday night. The second completed 18 of 25 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for a score.
After the game, he got a vote of confidence from new Gators coach Billy Napier.
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“When I think of a quarterback, we think of a person who represents everything the organization is about,” Napier said. “Certainly at the highest level of football, the quarterback is the face of the organization. They set the best example with their work ethic, attention to detail, self-discipline and approach.
Just 14 hours later, the report on Richardson’s speeding citation was released. The quarterback explained that he didn’t feel mad at the news, but was ashamed of how his actions reflected on those around him.
“When I saw the story, I wasn’t angry because I was wrong. I felt bad because it makes my name look bad. It makes my family name look bad,” Richardson told Gators Online. “Following what Coach Napier said [Thursday] night, that I am the face of the team and the organization, it gives the impression that he is lying or contradicting himself. I don’t want anyone to feel like Coach is lying to the team or to me.
Richardson is expected to be the Gators’ first-team quarterback this fall following the potential departure of Emory Jones, who entered the transfer portal earlier this offseason. Being the top flagger in a program like Florida comes with increased scrutiny, but it’s something the runner-up says he wants to move forward.
“Honestly, I’m glad to have people watching me. It keeps me on track and keeps me focused. Sometimes I can make mistakes, but I’ll try to correct that over time,” he said. “It only helps me to become a better person and a better man. A better teammate. It helps me overall.
Richardson is due in court for his May 25 hearing.
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