“One thing I’ve learned already that I’m specifically sorry for is that my words matter, that words can truly hurt a person and at my core that’s not what I’m OK with. This week I heard firsthand some personal stories from Black people that honestly shook me.
“I know what I’m going through this week doesn’t even compare to some of the trials I heard about from them. I came away from those discussions with a deep appreciation for them and a clearer understand of the way to my words.”
He says that the racial slur was made after he was on a “72-hour bender.” He said that since the incident that he’s been sober for nine days.
Wallen also asked his fans not to “downplay” what he did.
“I was wrong,” he said. “It’s on me to take ownership for this and I fully accept the penalties I’m facing.”