Zac Guildford returns, vows to stay sober

By Hayley Hannan of APNZ

Disgraced All Black Zac Guildford has vowed to stay sober after touching down on New Zealand soil this morning.

The rugby player was naked, drunk and dripping wet when he allegedly assaulted someone in a bar in Rarotonga on Friday night.

Yesterday triathlete Kelly Pick laid a formal complaint with the Cook Islands police over derogatory remarks Mr Guildford allegedly made towards her, and the police announced they will not lay charges against him.

He has since repeatedly apologised for his actions and met with the two men he punched at Trader Jacks, a bar in Rarotonga.

Mr Guildford flew back to Auckland and arrived to a small gathering of media at Auckland airport after 5:30am this morning.

He told the pack he wanted to focus on staying away from alcohol.

``For me, I just want to get home and sort myself out. That's the main thing for me.''

He accepted that he had a drinking problem, he said.

``I accept that myself and alcohol at the moment don't mix too well. Obviously it switches something inside me and that's disappointing.

At the moment I'm giving it up, and just looking to better myself and sort out issues that obviously go on when I do drink.''

He told the group he wanted to again say sorry to the public and his fans, and felt he'd embarrassed his family by his actions.

Mr Guildford would put steps in place to move past his drinking problem, and wanted to continue training to prove himself over the next rugby season.

``[I want to] put myself in a better position to be a good person ... At the moment I'm just concentrating on myself and the Crusaders.''

He said he still couldn't remember most of the events of Friday night.

``It's a bit of a blur to be honest. I can remember most of the day but at the night I was obviously heavily intoxicated and my actions weren't that of a professional sportsman which I'm disappointed with.''

He said he tried to speak with Ms Pick over the alleged remarks, but she declined.

The meeting with the two other men he punched at Trader Jacks went well, he said.


- Hawkes Bay Today

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