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David Pocock Releases Public Apology For Choking Michael Leitch

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 02: David Pocock of the Brumbies looks dejected after dropping a pass during the round six Super Rugby match between the Brumbies and the Chiefs at GIO Stadium on April 2, 2016 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

David Pocock was suspended for three weeks yesterday, for a choke on Michael Leitch of the Chiefs last weekend.

During a maul, Pocock grabbed Leitch by the neck, and despite the Japan international tapping him on the back, appearing to tap out like an MMA fighter, the Australian flanker did not let go for several seconds.

You can view the incident here:

Today, David Pocock has released an official statement, as posted on his website.

Yesterday I faced the judiciary for the first time in my rugby career. I am incredibly disappointed with my actions. I endeavour to play the game I love in a way that reflects the kind of toughness and decency I think rugby can teach us.

On Saturday night I did not live up to those standards, placing Michael Leitch in danger by binding on his neck in a maul. It was not my intention to hurt Michael, but in these sorts of circumstances it is not intention that matters. I am grateful that World Rugby and SANZAAR are concerned about making the game safer for all of us.

I would like to take this opportunity to apologise again to Michael. And to apologise to the Chiefs, Brumbies and all those who follow rugby. I’d also like to apologise to my team mates who I will let down over the next few weeks while suspended.

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